Eight countries will help decide who Finland should send to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
The final of Finland’s Eurovision selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020 takes place this Saturday. Ahead of the show, broadcaster YLE has revealed the eight countries who are responsible for 50% of the final outcome. The other 50% of the votes will be determined by the public televote.
The eight countries will have four members on their jury panel. The countries are:
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
Performing this Saturday is:
- Catharina Zühlke – Eternity
- Erika Vikman – Cicciolina
- Aksel Kankaanranta – Looking Back
- F3M – Bananas
- Sansa – Lover View
- Tika – I Let My Heart Break
The final will take place on March 7th, and will be hosted by Krista Siegfrids, the artist that 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 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.