Tonight Finland has chosen to send Norma John to Kyiv with the song Blackbird. Read the full story of their national final here.
Tomorrow, Saturday 28th January, Finland will choose its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The live broadcast of the UMK'17 final, hosted by the one and only Krista Siegfrids, will begin at 20:00 CET (and will last for 2 hrs 15 mins). You can follow the show live in the UMK official site.
The grand final evening starts at 19:30 CET with a pre-show hosted by Mikko Silvennoinen and featuring many guests, including the Finnish 2016 Eurovision Song Contest participant Sandhja and one of the special guest performers later in the final, Finnish pop star Jenni Vartiainen. You can also watch the pre-show in the same link by the Finnish broadcaster, YLE.
(Krista Siegfrieds and Mikko Silvennoinen, the hosts of UMK'17)
The ten contestants will perform in the following order:
- Emma - Circle Of Light
- Alva - Arrows
- Günther & D'Sanz - Love Yourself
- Anni Saikku - Reach Out For The Sun
- Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies - Caveman
- Norma John - Blackbird
- Lauri Yrjölä - Helppo elämä
- Club La Persé - My Little World
- Zühlke - Perfect Villain
- My First Band - Paradise
The UMK 2017 winner, who will go on to represent Finland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, will be determined by the votes from both the Finnish audience (50%) and a total of ten international juries (50%) from Estonia, France, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
There was an online pre-vote which finished yesterday at noon and the result (below) was released last night. The number indicates the percentage of all the pre-votes given. (These pre-votes are only a small percentage of all the votes given during the competition and by no means even indicative):
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.