A total of 885,000 viewers followed the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu on Saturday evening live from Tampere.
The final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu was the second most watched television broadcast on Yle TV1 last week with an average of 885,000 viewers following the contest. Over the course of the broadcast the show reached 1,538,000 viewers, the largest reach of any show broadcast by Yle last week.
Aksel Kankaanranta was selected to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The singer was the surprise winner of the Finnish selection having topped the international jury vote and finishing second with the public vote. He beat Erika Vikman by a total of 13 points to represent Finland in Rotterdam.
Aksel Kankaanranta will perform 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.