Finland – Finnish broadcaster, YLE, has called for entries for this year’s UMK contest. The winner of UMK will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine next May. You only have this week to enter! Demos must be sent between 1st – 5th September 2016 and you only have until 12 noon on the 5th to submit your song. You can upload them in digital form to the YLE website or send them in on a memory stick. A jury will then choose the songs to go through to the TV heats. The final will take place in February 2017.
YLE producer Anssi Autio says,
“We look forward to new songs and performances that will be remembered and spoken of for a long time.”
Sadly last year’s entry by Sandhja was talked about for the wrong reasons, and failed to qualify of the final, finishing 15th in her semi-final. UMK has been used as Finland’s selection process since 2012. Three times the acts have failed to qualify for the final, twice when they have qualified they have finished on the wrong side of the board. Only Soft Engine, 11th in 2014 have had any success. Is UMK the best way of selecting?
Rules in English can be found here.