Finland 2021: UMK Artists
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Finland: Here are the artists for UMK 2021

The Finnish broadcaster YLE has just announced the seven participating artists/groups for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 – Finland's selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2021

In a press conference streamed online by the Finnish broadcaster YLE, the seven names that are competing in Finland's national selection for Eurovision 2021, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) were revealed.

The seven songs were chosen from nearly 300 applicants by a jury of 8 music industry professionals that was led by Tapio Hakanen, YleX’s Head of Music.

A notable name from the lineup is Laura whom competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 together with Koit Toome with the song Verona. She also competed in 2005, part of the girl group, Suntribe, with the song Let's Get Loud. Aksel is also ready to win the golden ticket for Rotterdam after winning UMK 2020 with the song Looking Back before the 2020 contest was cancelled due to the current pandemic.

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021

Finland will select their Eurovision 2021 representative on 20 February however, due the COVID-19 pandemic, no audience will be attending the final in Tampere.

Finland uses Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu as their national selection for the tenth time this year.

The winner will be chosen jointly by Finnish television viewers and an international UMK panel. The public will account for 75% of the vote and the panel for the remaining 25%.

Last year the contest was won by Aksel Kankaanranta with his song Looking Back. After the contest was cancelled.

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Finland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has participated ever since, except for six years, mostly because of previous years' bad position.

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The country has won the competition once, in 2006 with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", performed by Lordi.

Since then Finland's best result is 11th place in 2014.

Since the introductions of semi-finals in 2004, Finland has qualified for the Grand Final half of the 16 times.

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

authorSteven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.

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