Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will be used once more to select the singer and song for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will be used for the 11th time to select both a singer and a song for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. UMK has been used to pick Finland’s Eurovision entry every year since 2012. UMK 2021 saw Blind Channel selected and resulted in Finland’s second best result in the contest and both high viewing figures for UMK and Eurovision.
Artist will be able to submit songs for UMK in September. As with normal EBU rules, songs must not have been released previously before September 1st. It is also hoped a live studio audience can be present in UMK 2022, this year this was not possible due to the current pandemic.
Who are Blind Channel?
Blind Channel was formed in 2013 in Oulu in northwestern Finland. The band consists of Joel Hokka (vocals and guitar), Niko Vilhelm (vocals), Joonas Porko (guitar and backing vocals), Olli Matela (bass), Tommi Lalli (drums) and Aleksi Kaunisvesi (sampler and percussion). All of the members have been in the band since its inception except for Aleksi, who joined last autumn. The group came 6th in the final of Eurovision 2021, making them the nations most successful act since Lordi won in 2006,
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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.