The Finnish broadcaster YLE have announced that they will use the same system in 2013 to choose their entrant as they did in 2012. Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu wasn’t particularly successful and it had poor viewing figures. Pernilla Karlsson, who the Finns eventually sent in 2012, failed to qualify for the final in Baku. But YLE are going to tweak UMK and try again. It has been suggested that some viewers didn’t seem to appreciate it was to choose the Eurovision entry. YLE have therefore announced that they will be amending the rules slightly and they will publish the new rules for next years contest later this month. They will also then publish the website where songs can be submitted to.
Are YLE right to continue with this format which did not seem to capture the interest of the Finns, and didn’t produce a successful representative?