Finland announces dates for national selection

Finland announces dates for national selection
Pauliina Ahokas and Sami Häikiö from Music Export Finland. Photo: YLE
Helsinki, Finland -

The Finnish broadcaster YLE just updated us on the proceedings for their national selection whose final will take place on the 25th of February when they will choose the entry of Finland for Baku.

One month ago YLE released the news concerning a brand new system to choose their Eurovision entry. Under the name Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu or UMK 2012 hides the intention of creating a contest for new music.

Five judges have been appointed so far to select the entries for the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2012: Pauliina Ahokas (Executive Director, Music Export Finland), Sami Häikiö (Project Manager, Music Export Finland), Anna Laine (Programmer, Radio Helsinki), Tomi Saarinen (Head of Music, YleX) and Jorma Hietamäki (Head of Music, YLE Radio Suomi).

Important dates

The Grand Final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will take place in Helsinki on Saturday February 25th. It will be preceded by five shows, the first one being broadcast on January 27th. The other shows will be shown on February 3rd, February 10th, February 17th and February 24th. All UMK shows will be broadcast on YLE TV2.

About Music Export Finland

In December 2002, 12 companies and organisations started Music Export Finland as an export partnership. The aim was to facilitate the promotion, marketing and sales of Finnish popular music abroad.

On the 1st of January, 2005, Music Export Finland became an export association that represents the entire Finnish music industry, with the membership comprising of a broad front of relevant organisations. In distilled form, the primary objective of Music Export Finland is to help the Finnish music industry increase its export revenue income.


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  • Posted on 14 September 2011 at 15:24
    @nikolay_BG
    I'm agree with you! Kuunkuiskaajat's performance was gorgeous, but I can see why the juries underrated them: The juries are not like folk songs. Remember how they do the same way for Norway 2011? That's one side from the juries I don't like, though some of their decision are good. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 September 2011 at 11:41
    I hope Finland will send Kuunkuiskaajat again. I think they totally rocked the stage, no matter that the juries underrated them hard! report to the moderator