Finland – YLE, the Finnish broadcaster, has announced that its national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will run again in 2016, and songs should be submitted by 8th September 2015. On January 12th 2016 UMK will announce which songs will go through to the live shows. A jury and the public will jointly vote in the heats for an eventual winner.
Interested singers and songwriters can read the rules (in Finnish) here.
Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 49 times since its debut in 1961 and only ever won once, in 2006 with Lordi‘s ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah‘.
UMK had produced mixed results with 2 acts in thefts 5 years not qualifying for the Grand Final and in the there three years finishing 21st, 24th and its highest finish with Softengine in 11th place.