Details regarding the Finnish selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 are to be released in the coming week.
Anssi Autio the Producer behind UMK has revealed to Ilta-Sanomat that details regarding Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2021 will be released in the coming week. Finland as with all over nations who were due to participate in Eurovision 2020, have been told that the songs selected this year will not be eligible to compete in 2021.
Following the final of UMK 2020 Yle had already stated that an open selection would be held to determine the nations 2021 selection. The format of the selection is yet to be determined, with suggestions raised as to whether Aksel Kankaanranta should be allowed to compete in a one artist selection.
Aksel Kankaanranta was set to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. He won UMK with the song ‘Looking Back’ and had been due to compete 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.