Tonight: Final of UMK Finland

Tonight: Final of UMK Finland
The finalists of UMK. Photo: YLE
Helsinki, Finland -

First they were 540, more than ever before in Finland. Then they were shortened to 40, and people had the chance to listen to them on the internet. When the show moved to television, they were only 12 and now there are the last six. The six finalists of UMK. And there can only be one!

Still in the summer of 2011 Finland announced that a new system was taking shape to choose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, and the Contest For New Music (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu - UMK) was born.

Since then we've been following how this number of "new musics" was narrowed from 540 to the final six. Yesterday saw the final eviction of UMK. One act had to leave the competition only one day before the final, and the unlucky ones were Freeman & Uusi Fantasia performing Noitanainen.

Remaining in the final was a very relieved Kaisa Vala and her Habits Of Human Beings. That made the final line-up look like this (click to watch a video performance):

UMK Final

FinalistsIconcrashPernilla KarlssonMica IkonenKaisa ValaStigVille EetvarttiJoona & Anne

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And tonight, the final of UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu), the Finnish national selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, takes place at the Helsinki Ice Hall. Presented by Joona Kortesmäki & Anne Lainto, the show starts at 20:00 CET, and you can follow it on the webcast provided by the Finnish broadcaster, YLE. Special guest stars include The Rasmus and Anna Abreu.

The Finnish performer at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, Paradise Oskar, completes the list of guest performers of the show. In Düsseldorf he placed 21st in the Final with his own Da Da Dam.

Finland takes part in the first semi-final in Baku on the 22nd of May.

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  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 15:26
    You've all got to watch the last semi-final of sweden's Melodifestivalen. The best semi-final of them all and some huge favorites to the victory. Starting 20:00 and ends 21:30. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 15:10
    I don't like none of them report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 14:28
    I Would vor for Stig or Pernilla .. Stif is so funky :D and Pernillas Song is absolutely Awesome! <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 14:24
    i would vote for Stig! Its so funky! :D Pernillas song is very good awesome! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 12:53
  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 09:18

    mediocre entries we commonly send to Eurovision.

    Still, good luck to all contestants, and may the best song win! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 February 2012 at 09:18
    The quality of the final is pretty ordinary (sadly, that means rather weak), but once again there are a couple diamonds in there.
    Pernilla Karlsson's ballad is touching, and her Swedish has a chance of sounding exotic in foreign listeners' ears.

    Still, there can only be one winner, and for me, it is very clearly Ville Eetvartti. A light europop song that leaves you feeling good, and with the best voice in the competition, I have no choice but to vote for him. It's also the only entry I can see reaching the final in Eurovision without a *massive* surprise.

    No entry can compete with the pure quality that was last year's entry, but that was a rare treat in our usually mediocre report to the moderator