YLE have announced that this years UMK competition will take place on the 26th February in Turku.
On their official Twitter page, the Finnish broadcaster, YLE, has published information concerning the date and location of this year’s UMK competition – the national selection process to find the Finnish entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will take place in the Logomo arena and conference centre in Turku, Finland’s sixth largest city. For the past two editions, UMK had been hosted in the Mediapolis Studios in Tampere. Logomo previously hosted UMK in 2019, when Finland decided upon the song Look Away for Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman.
This is the eleventh edition of the UMK selection, and the organisers will have high expectations after their 2021 edition saw a record in viewing numbers when Blind Channel won the contest with their song Dark Side.
YLE had previously released the rules for the 2022 edition, including a ruling that at least one singer/songwriter of each submission must have Finnish citizenship or be a permanent resident of Finland.
Earlier in the week they posted a series of teaser images relating to the 2022 edtion on their Instagram:
Source: @YLE_UMK on Twitter // Image Source: EBU/THOMAS HANSES
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.