For one more week Roope Salminen will join Krista Siegfrids, the 2013 Finnish Eurovision contestant, on hosting duties for the final of UMK 2016, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the national selection of Finland for the Eurovision Song Contest. Nine acts have qualified to compete for the honour of representing Finland in Stockholm in May.
The nine finalists will perform in the following order of appearance:
- Cristal Snow - Love is Blind
- Stella Christine - Ain't Got Time for Boys
- Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
- Eini - Draamaa
- Barbe-Q-Barbies - Let Me Out
- Tuuli Okkonen - Don't Wake Me Up
- Sandhja - Sing It Away
- Saara Aalto - No Fear
- Mikael Saari - On It Goes
In addition to the amazing performances by the nine finalists there will be some mind blowing special guests in the show, such as the mighty Lordi, winner of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the most talked about contestant in Vienna last year: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN). They will perform a special rendition of their song Aina Mun Pitää!
The results will be determined by both televoting (50%) and a total of 10 juries (50%). At the end of the show we will find out who's going to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm in May!
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Who are the Finalists?
Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind
The enfant terrible of Finnish dance pop likes to do whatever hell he wants. And he’s done a lot: besides music he’s well known as a radio host and a participant in Finnish version of Dancing with the Stars, among other things. However, it has always been a dream of his to perform on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest and this year his dream may well come true with supercatchy Love is Blind.
Stella Christine - Ain’t Got Time for Boys
A young lady with a deep, powerful voice and a guitar - that can be quite a compelling mix! Stella Christine comes from a musical family, has studied music for many years and is inspired by soul, r&b and jazz. This talented beauty wants to create music on her own terms which means she’s written most of her songs by herself, including Ain’t Got Time for Boys.
Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
Big emotions and powerful voices – that’s what this couple is all about. You may remember Kimmo Blom as Angelo De Nile in last years’ UMK, but he’s an established professional vocalist who has sung on various albums and done many roles in the world of musical theater. It was actually on a stage production where Kimmo met Annica Milán, a young and lovely talent who had already gained attention in The Voice of Finland.
Eini - Draamaa
If UMK were about longevity of career or the amount of hits, there would be no contest. Eini’s first hit was a cover of Baccara’s Yes Sir, I Can Boogie back in 1978! Often also referred to as ‘The Finnish Queen of Disco’, Eini is still as active and as brilliant as ever and about to release a brand new cover album this January.
Barbe-Q-Barbies - Let Me Out
When you hear Barbe-Q-Barbies’ music you’re instantly reminded of heyday sounds of such hard rock legends as AC/DC or Kiss. When you see them live it’s like nothing you’ve seen before - they are an amazingly tight and energetic live band and have gained reputation also outside Finland having toured with such names as Girlschool, W.A.S.P. and New York Dolls. Their third album Driven was released in 2015.
Sandhja - Sing It Away
Sandhja is a young Finnish singer-songwriter with roots in India and Guyana. Her style is urban soul, her voice is powerful and her stage presence bursts with joy and positive attitude. Back in 2014 Sandhja released her debut album, which was loved by both critics and the audience. Now it’s time for some new music & new challenges in UMK 2016.
Tuuli Okkonen - Don’t Wake Me Up
Here’s another familiar voice & face for those who’ve followed UMK over the past years (2012 and a band called Leola to be exact): Tuuli Okkonen may be in the early stages of her solo career but she has been singing all her life and the Finnish viewers became familiar with her in The Voice of Finland where she finished third in 2014. Her song Don’t Wake Me Up deals with the moment you realize your heart is broken and in pieces.
Saara Aalto - No Fear
In 2011 Saara Aalto finished second in the Finnish national ESC selection but, at the same time she melted the hearts of the Finns with her enchanting voice and appearance. Since those days she has released five studio albums, one of which was sang in Mandarin Chinese and released in China. She’s performed on big venues worldwide and starred in musicals. No Fear is Saara Aalto 2.0 and and she’s ready to conquer the world.
Mikael Saari - On It Goes
Mikael is a 27-year old singer-songwriter from the city of Lahti, Finland. The audience was charmed by him already back in UMK 2013 when his ballad We Should Be Through finished second in the contest only to be beaten by Krista Siegfrids’ Marry Me! Lately Mikael has been working as an actor in various theaters around Finland but he also continues composing and performing music in various line-ups.