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Saturday, 09 February 2013 05:10

Finland: UMK 2013 Takes Place This Evening

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YLE, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest reinvented their selection process last year with the hope of promoting brand new talent on an international stage and whilst their efforts were well noted, they came up short of qualification with När jag blundar performed by Pernilla Karlsson finishing in twelfth place. This time round, there has been more effort put into the whole spectacle and some of the songs are being touted as contenders at the actual competition. The final will be taking this evening through YLE 1.

The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest will be offering live streaming of the show live as it commences at 20:00 CET and people are noting that it could prove to be quite the evening as another track competing in the first half of the second semi-final alongside Malta is decided. Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu started at the end of the summer months when the broadcaster had announced that it was receiving entries for the selection process and by the end of the submission date, they had received over 470 demos in total, which was a clear increase from the amount received in the previous year. Ultimately, twelve (12) entries were competing to reach the final stages and this evenings' final, will be featuring eight (8) in total.

  1. Lost - Arion 
  2. He's Not My Man - Elina Orkoneva
  3. Dancing All Around the Universe - Lucy Was Driving
  4. Marry Me - Krista Siegfrids
  5. Saturday Night Forever - Last Panda
  6. We Should Be Through - Mikael Saari
  7. Flags - Great Wide North
  8. Colliding Into You - Diandra
There is a great feeling surrounding this years' Finnish selection and this is mostly because, one has to denote that the expectations were remotely low but now, they are presenting a suitable line-up which could see them success in Sweden. The final will will be covered LIVE on by Emil Calleja Bayliss, our Head of Press who is very much looking forward to hearing the final versions of the tracks as performed in a large arena. As previously mentioned, the chosen track will be competing alongside Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and penned by Dean Muscat with the performer being none other than Gianluca Bezzina.
Source: YLE,
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