Pernilla Karlsson winner of UMK in Finland

Pernilla Karlsson winner of UMK in Finland
Pernilla will represent Finland in Baku. Photo: YLE.
Helsinki, Finland -

From the record 540 submitted entries, to the 40 displayed on the internet, to 12 songs for the Finnish televised shows. Over the last month those 12 were reduced to the six that competed in the UMK Final. And only one of them could win: Pernilla Karlsson with the song in Swedish När Jag Blundar!!

The final of UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu), the Finnish national selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, just finished at the Helsinki Ice Hall.

The UMK Final show started with a dance followed by the performance of Top Finnish band The Rasmus. Presented by Joona Kortesmäki & Anne Lainto, the competition got off to a start with the six participants (super-finalists in bold):

  • Iconcrash - We Are The Night by Jaani Peuhu & Rory Winston
  • Pernilla Karlsson - När Jag Blundar (When I Close My Eyes) by Jonas Karlsson
  • Mica Ikonen - Antaa Mennä (Let It Go) by Mica Ikonen & Lauri Hämäläinen
  • Kaisa Vala - Habits Of Human Beings by Kaisa Vala
  • Stig - Laululeija (Song Kite) by Matti Mikkola, DJPP & Paula Vesala
  • Ville Eetvartti - Lasikaupunki (Glass City) by Jyri Sariolasan

UMK Final

FinalistsIconcrashPernilla KarlssonMica IkonenKaisa ValaStigVille EetvarttiJoona & Anne

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After the performance of Anna Abreu, one of the special guests, a super-final was announced with three participants, who sang their songs again (winner in bold):

  1. Pernilla Karlsson - När Jag Blundar 53.4%
  2. Ville Eetvartti - Lasikaupunki 28.7%
  3. Stig - Laululeija 17.8%

Among the guest stars we had Paradise Oskar and last year's Finnish entry Da Da Dam, which reached the Final in Düsseldorf. Then, the winner was announced: the song in the Swedish language, När Jag Blundar (When I Close My Eyes), performed by Pernilla Karlsson and written by Jonas Karlsson.

Pernilla Karlsson's biggest chance

Pernilla tried every chance to shoot to success. She studied music and piano and was the "Sankta Lucia" maiden as a little girl, among many other children's theater performances where she had the opportunity to sing. In 2006 she participated in the song contest in Finland-Sweden "Världens Minsta schlagerfestival". She was 15 years old, and it turned out to be a great experience, as she won the contest.

I sing the songs that mean something to me. They should have a message and an idea behind it, so you're able to empathize with them naturally

Thereafter, she started to gave up singing little by little until her brother created their own record label and production studio in Helsinki. "He made me excited again about music and singing, with a more adult way of thinking; I began to really believe and feel that singing is my thing, after all".

At the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Finland competes in the first semi-final in Baku on the 22nd of May.

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  • Posted on 11 April 2012 at 18:34
    Good luck Pernilla!! The Swedish language is beautiful, and the song is lovely!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 March 2012 at 14:03
    The song is very very good, but it's just in Swedish language! What can we do, Swedish is our second official language. But the lyrics are great! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 March 2012 at 18:01
    I like this song very much! Good luck, Finland. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 March 2012 at 16:16
    Sorry Finland Don´t understand this. Really hopes she translates it to english for Eurovision. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 February 2012 at 17:51
    I dont understand it but I love it :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 February 2012 at 16:28
    It's a nice song although it do get a bit boring after a while. Love the fact that it is in Swedish though, and the Finnish accent! <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 February 2012 at 18:50
    I always follow Finland Euroviisut with great interest. A dear friend of mine immediately picked up this song (out of forty!) as his favorite entry from the Finnish contest. However, I've never been fond of waltz-like tunes. Anyway - Brave choice and Good Luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 23:18
    Nice song - but is "nice" good enough to bring You very far? After Austria, Ireland and Holland all have chosen awful songs, Your chances are getting better... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 20:33
    Pernilla says the song will be performed in Swedish in Baku, not in English. Good so.

    I just read this would be the first ESC entry in Swedish language in 14 years, the last time was 1998 ! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 17:56
    A sensitive and breathtaking song from Lordi's land!!Not bad.I'm so sorry and angry for bad Finnish places in the recent years.Finland has sent very nice entries since 2006 but all underrated(except their prize in 2006..)!!Swedish are matched with the Scandinavian melody and i'm looking forward for a top 10 placering of Finland on May!!Good luck!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 15:27
    A sweet song indeed, but we Swedes sent Anna Bergendahl with a sweet song thinking she would do great but it flopped. I'm afraid something similar will happen with this song. Sweet songs rarely works in ESC these days. If it does go through the finale don't expect anything above 20th place.

    But I do like this song. It starts off weak, but gets more and more interesting as it goes along, it has a nice rhytm to it.
    And the Swedish makes it more interesting:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 12:49
    Pernilla has got a great voice and song is sooo lovely. Good luck to Baku! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 12:39
    Very god choice Finland, i don´t know why some people don´t like this. The lyrics are beautiful report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 11:33
    It's not decided if she will sing in Swedish or English. I prefer changing the languagefor a better penetration in ESC. I would also make the arrangement stronger and the chorus background more visible. Maybe YLE should so same efforts that SVT made with Anna Bergendahl 2010. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2012 at 10:29
    I like it a lot! Favourites so far: Germany, France, Finland, Turkey. report to the moderator