The final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022 will take place in the last week of February.
In a call for dancers for the live show, Yle, the Finnish national broadcaster, revealed that the final of UMK 2022 will take place in week 8 of 2022, which means that the final is likely to take place on Saturday February 26. A venue for the show has yet to be announced.
Any dancers interested in performing in the final of UMK 2022 can now submit an application. Dancers must be skilled and versatile, have experience in stage choreography work and be at least 18 years old. All application must be sent to email@example.com by 22:59 CET on October 5 and contain the following information:
- Short CV
- Link to a dance video reel of your own choice, Instagram-page or professional website. (link to Vimeo, YouTube or Google Drive are accepted)
- Contact information (name, phone number, email)
After reviewing all applications, a selected group of dancers will be invited to an audition in Helsinki on October 24. Those invited will be informed about the more specific time and place by October 14. The dancers who pass the audition should be available for occasional rehearsals in Helsinki on separately agreed dates starting from late November, December and January, as well as more intensively from December 31 to January 2, and show week from February 21.
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will be used for the eleventh time to select the Finnish entry for Eurovision, having been used every year since 2012. Blind Channel were selected to represent Finland at Eurovision 2021 with “Dark Side” in the most-watched edition of UMK ever. They finished sixth in the final with 301 points. This was Finland’s first top ten and best result since winning the contest in 2006. The Eurovision final was also the most-watched final in Finland since 2007, which was hosted in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.
Image Source: EBU/Thomas Hanses / 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.