Yle, the Finnish national broadcaster, has revealed the artists that will compete in UMK 2022.
The UMK 2022 participants and entries are:
- Cyan Kicks – “Hurricane”
- BESS – “Ram pam pam”
- The Rasmus – “Jezebel”
- Younghearted – “Sun numero” (Your number)
- Olivera – “Thank God I’m an Atheist”
- Tommi Läntinen – “Elämä kantaa mua” (Life carries me)
- Isaac Sene – “Kuuma jäbä” (Hot dude)
The competing entries will be released on the official UMK Youtube channel every weekday at midnight Finnish time from January 13. The schedule for the releases are:
- January 13 – Cyan Kicks
- January 14 – BESS
- January 17 – The Rasmus
- January 18 – Younghearted
- January 19 – Olivera
- Jaunary 20 – Tommi Läntinen
- January 21 – Isaac Sene
Tapio Hakanen, Chairman of the UMK jury commented on this year’s selection:
“This year’s artist and song roster is probably the most versatile and best we’ve ever had. We’ll hear from Finnish music legends, and hottest rising stars. The overall quality of the songs in the final is amazing and I’m grateful that so many top composers and producers have participated in creating these future classics. The seven songs feature many powerful and different moods, and I hope every Finn will find one or several favorites among them. Previous finalists Erika Vikman, Aksel, Ilta, and Blind Channel have all shown how UMK can take to the stars both in Finland and internationally, and I believe this year’s artists will all further their careers through the competition. Combined with our super skilled team behind the show, I’m confident we’ll witness an unforgettable UMK final show in February.
Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022 will take place in the Logomo arena and conference centre in Turku, Finland’s sixth-largest city, on February 26. 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. As with last year’s contest, the Finnish entry for Eurovision 2022 will be chosen by international juries (25%) and public voting (75%).
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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.