Two more finalists in Finland

Two more finalists in Finland
Arion, a further act in the final of UMK in Finland (Photo: YLE)
Helsinki, Finland -

The second qualification round just took place in Finland for their 2013 national selection UMK. After the results of the expert jury and the televote were mixed it turned out that both Arion and Krista Siegfrids go straight to the Final in February. Lucy Was Driving, Great Wide North and Elina Orkoneva will have a second chance in the semi-final next week.

The Contest for New Music (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu), UMK 2013, held its second qualification show tonight. These were the six acts that competed today (finalists in bold):

  • Atletico Kumpula - Paperilyhty / Paper Lantern (Kyösti Salokorpi, Atlético Kumpula)
  • Krista Siegfrids - Marry Me (Krista Siegfrids, Erik Nyholm, Kristofer Karlsson, Jessika Lundström)
  • Lucy Was Driving - Dancing All Around The Universe (Lucy Was Driving, Otso Koskelo)
  • Arion - Lost In The Woods (Iivo Kaipainen)
  • Elina Orkoneva - He’s Not My Man (Elina Orkoneva, Mikko Arlin, Joona Hasan, Eveliina Jämsä, Lauri Lähteenkorva, Henri Mäntylä)
  • Great Wide North - Flags (Kaj Kiviniemi, Mika Kiviniemi, Great Wide North)

Only the expert jury full results were shown: Great Wide North was first with 36 points and Arion second with 35. Later these results were mixed with the telephone votes and it turned out that Arion and Krista Siegfrids (pictured below) were the two acts proceeding to the final.

Atlético Kumpula were not in the last place of the jury vote but, after the televote, it turned out that they are the ones leaving the competition. The remaining three acts, Great Wide North, Lucy Was Driving and Elina Orkoneva, will have another go in the semi-final next Thursday the 31st of January.


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  • Posted on 27 January 2013 at 14:25
    I haven't heard all the songs yet, but a pretty impressive lineup so far, better than UMK '12 in my opinion. I did like Pernilla's entry last year. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 20:06
    The only even remotely good performances yesterday were Elina and Great Wide North. In UMK, nobody is close to the level of Mikael Saari, with Great Wide North a distant second. I wouldn't mind too much if Arion and Diandra won, though.

    I'm appalled by the fact the Finnish viewers selected Krista ahead of Great Wide North. Krista is an excellent singer all right, but her song is terrible, as is the performance.

    Selecting a username like this is always risky, but with Mikael/GWN/Arion in Malmö, I wouldn't have to be ashamed of it. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 18:16
    Love Arion music and performance! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 15:37
    I can't believe that a song like Marry me went straight to the final... Great Wide North deserved it!!! My top 6 is:

    1- MIKAEL SAARI
    2 - Rautakoura
    3 - Great Wide North
    4 - Arion
    5 -Elina Orkoneva
    6 - Diandra report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 10:32
    right now my top is this of final

    1 diandra
    2 krista
    3 mikael
    4 arion

    and semi final top is this

    1 lina
    2 elina
    3 great wide north
    4 last panda
    5 lucy was driving
    6 rauta koura report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 03:50
    I can't see the show today :'( but I'm listening to qualified songs.
    Krista's song is nice!! Love her voice, nice rhythm and is catchy! :D She has a great presense on stage!
    Arion is not bad, I like his voice.
    Finnish divas FTW! first Diadra and now Krista... Finland I hope you don't fail plz! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 03:00
    My favorites from this semi-final go to final.

    I hope in second chance to win Iina Salin and Last Panda

    I would love to see this result in final

    1. Iina Salin
    2. Arion
    3. Krista
    4. Last panda
    5. Mikel
    6. Diandra

    But I think the winner wili be chose between Mikael, Arion and Diandra

    If Mikael win , that wili be that Finland (rock nation at ESC) send ballad 3 times in a row (2011 and 2012 Finalnd send ballad ) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2013 at 02:36
    I'm not a huge fan of Krista so I hope she doesn't make it to the Super final. I do like Mikael Saari and Arion. With a little more work on his vocals, I'd prefer Arion to go to Malmo. report to the moderator