OGAE Finland reports that the entries competing in UMK 2020 will once again be revealed over a number of days.
OGAE Finland reports that the six songs competing in UMK 2020 will be revealed over a number of days, following the same staggered reveal as seen in 2018 and 2019. TV listings for YLE show that on January 24 and 27 to 31, two 3 minute programs will be aired telling the story of each competing song and the associated lyric video.
The six competing acts will be revealed at a press conference on January 21. Hosting the press conference are 2013 representative Krista Siegfrids and commentator Mikko Silvennoinen. The press conference will be broadcast live on the Yle website.
UMK 2020 will be held on March 7 at the Mediapolis Studio in Tampere. The titles of the selected songs, as well the the jury members who chose them will be revealed on January 21.
This is the first time since the 2017 contest that Finland has opened UMK back up to any interested singers and songwriters. Yle had opted to internally select their singer for Eurovision, and then use UMK as a song selection show.
Finland was represented by Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman with the song “Look Away” in Tel Aviv. Finland finished last in their semi-final scoring just 23 points. Finland received 14 points from the televote and 9 points from the juries.
Source: OGAE Finland
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.