Yle, the Finnish national broadcaster, has revealed that Haloo Helsinki! will perform as an interval act during the final of UMK 2021 this Saturday.
Haloo Helsinki! were formed in 2006 and have released six top ten albums, three of which reached number one in the Finnish Album Charts. In 2013, they became the first Finnish act to have four consecutive singles reach number one on the Finnish Airplay Charts. The band’s performance on Saturday will be their first performance since going on hiatus in 2018.
The full running order for the final is as follows:
- Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
- Aksel – Hurt
- Laura – Play
- Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua (The day when everyone loves me)
- Oskr – Lie
- Blind Channel – Dark Side
- Ilta – Kelle mä soitan (Who will I call)
The final of UMK 2021 will take place in the Mediapolis Studios in Tampere on February 20. The show will be hosted by Antti Tuisku, who will perform the opening number with Erika Vikman, runner-up of UMK 2020. This is the first year since 2016 that Krista Siegfrids will not be hosting the contest. Commentary on the contest will be available in four languages online: Finnish (Mikko Silvennoinen), Swedish (Johan Lindroos and Eva Frantz), Russian, (Levan Tvaltvadze) and English (Katri Norrlin and Jani Kareinen).
In a change to the format, public voting will account for 75% of the overall result and the international juries will count for 25%. The winner will go on to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Image Source: Sony Music / Source: Yle
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.