Finland’s Eurovision selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu has returned to an open song process.
Finnish broadcaster YLE has revealed that their selection for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will feature an open search for their song. Interested artists and songwriters can submit their songs from November 1st to 8th. YLE’s radio station, YLEX, will also be involved in the process, with music supervisor Tapio Hakanen taking the role of team leader.
From 2012 to 2017, UMK had an open call for artists and songwriters. However in 2018 and 2019, the show featured one internally selected artist (Saara Aalto in 2018 and Darude in 2019), and three internally selected songs. The Finnish public then chose which out of the three songs would represent the country at the contest.
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.