UMK 2021 will remain an open selection with Aksel Kankaanranta invited to submit a song like all other potential participants.
The Finnish broadcaster Yle has opted not to select Aksel Kankaanranta as the nations entrant for Eurovision 2021 internally. UMK 2021 will be remaining as an open selection show with Aksel invited to submit a song for the contest like all other potential participants. Aksel is not guaranteed a spot in the final either, should he decide to participate. Anssi Autio, the Producer of UMK commented:
“A year is a long time for any song and Eurovision is for new music. Aksel may choose to participate with a new song next year, but the jury of professionals will select the contestants and ultimately the voters will make the selection.”
The rules for the Finnish selection process will be published in June, with the song submission window opening on September 1. The songs that will compete to represent Finland at Eurovision 2021 will be determined by a jury chaired by Tapio Hakanen, Music Manager at YleX.
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 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.