Following the final of UMK 2020 this evening, Yle has confirmed that UMK will be held again in 2021.
The Finnish public broadcaster has confirmed this evening that UMK will remain as an open competition for the 2021 edition. This year UMK opened back up to all interested singers and songwriters, having been used in 2018 & 2019 to select a song for a pre-selected act. The opening up of the selection saw a total of 426 songs submitted to the broadcaster for the 2020 selection.
Furthermore YleX will be involved in the 2021 selection. Tapio Hakanen, Music Manager at YleX commented:
The open competition was very positively received by the music industry and the audience and it was great to see some of Finland’s leading songwriters with some great songs. The end result was a high quality and exciting final. It is a pleasure to continue the cooperation between YleX and UMK. Searching for songs will open in September, so it’s best to start your songwriting already in the spring.
Submissions for UMK 2021 will open in September, with Yle will announce more details for the contest in the coming months.
Aksel Kankaanranta will be representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. The singer will be performing ‘Looking Back’ in the second half of the second semi-final.
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.