The date approaches for Finland to choose its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. #UMK17 will be broadcast live from Espoo Metro Areena on the 28th of January, hosted by Krista Siegfrids, and you'll be able to follow it live at the UMK site.
The 10 contestants have also released preview videos of their participating shows and you can watch them all on this YouTube playlist.
In addition to the contestants, the show will feature as guest stars the Nordic sensation Marcus & Martinus and Finnish superstar Jenni Vartiainen, who returns to stage in UMK after a lenghty break.
The Finnish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen based on votes from viewers (given before and during the show) and the votes from international juries during the show, 50% each. Voting is only possible in Finland. Following a tradition from the previous years, the earnings from the voting will be donated to the Nose Day Foundation to be used to help children in developing countries.
Ten acts will take part in the Finnish national selection, UMK'17, broadcaster YLE has revealed. The final of the show will take place on Saturday 28th January. Read more about the line-up here.
After announcing that Krista Siegfrids will be the host of their national selection now it's time for the Finnish broadcaster, YLE, to announce its participants. The acts that will take part in UMK'17
will be revealed at a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd of November, starting at 12:00 CET. It will be streamed live on YLE's Eurovision page
, and also on UMK's official Facebook
and YouTube channel
For 2017 Finland will only have one huge UMK show taking place on Saturday the 28th of January at the Espoo Metro Areena and, in addition to the 10 contestants that will be announced tomorrow, the show will feature special guests!
There will be 30 minute pre-shows recorded during the rehearsals every day from Thursday to Saturday to be hosted by Mikko Silvennoinen and will include backstage footage and interviews. Music videos will be shot for each contestant. These videos will be online at the official UMK page
on December 28th. And from Wednesday afternoon there will be lyric videos from all contestants on the same page as well as on the UMK YouTube channel
Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013
) will host the Finnish national selection next year, UMK 2017
In the fun video below you can see Krista's "political" side and, if you can't speak Finnish, we can hint you that there will be only one UMK
show next year. That final will take place at Metro Areena in Espoo (next to Helsinki) on the 28th of January. All the proceeds from the televoting during the UMK
final will once again go to charity.
The info about the participating artists and songs will be released on the 23rd of November at 12:00 CET.