Aksel Kankaaranta has released his entry for Uuden Musikiin Kilpailu (UMK) 2020 today.
Finnish broadcaster YLE has released the third of the six competing entries in UMK 2020, their Eurovision selection show. The entries will be gradually revealed in the lead up to the live final.
Listen to Aksel’s song “Looking Back” below:
The six artists competing in UMK 2020 are:
- Tika – I Let My Heart Break
- Erika Vikman – Cicciolina
- Aksel Kankaanranta – Looking Back
- F3M – Bananas
- Sansa – Lover View
- Catharina Zühlke – Eternity
UMK 2020 will be held on March 7 at the Mediapolis Studio in Tampere. 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.
Hosting the show once again will be Krista Siegfrids, who represented Finland at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Marry Me”. Since then, she has participated in Sweden’s selection show Melodifestivalen two times, and has hosted UMK every year since 2016.
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.