Yle has confirmed that an announcement regarding UMK 2020 will be made next week.
The Finnish national broadcaster will reveal more details about their selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 next week. The UMK Twitter account confirmed that an announcement will be made in the coming week, but did not reveal any further details.
Following UMK 2019 in which Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman presented three songs for the Finnish public to select from, the broadcast stated that they would be considering changes for the 2020 contest.
The Director of Creative Broadcasting at Yle stated at the time, that if the broadcaster were to once again approach an artist such as Saara Aalto or Darude to sing a number of songs during the selection, the artist must be significantly well-known. However, if such an artist cannot be found then other options will be considered including, perhaps, a return to the multi-artist format previously used in the competition.
Finland was represented by Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman with the song “Look Away” in Tel Aviv, Israel. Finland finished last in their semi-final scoring just 23 points. Finland received 14 points from the televote and 9 points from the juries.
Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points, a record total at the time.