Broadcaster Yle has revealed that UMK22, the Finnish National Final for Eurovision, will be held on February 26. They also announced further details about the show, such as other important dates and ticket prices for the event. The 2022 edition of UMK and its afterparty will see its return to Turku and Logomo. The last time the competition was done in Turku was in 2019, when “Look Away” was selected for Darude.
🇫🇮 Finland’s @Yle_UMK returns next year with a huge party in Turku! https://t.co/D5CnoDmyoz— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) November 16, 2021
Everything we know about UMK 2022
This year’s UMK promises to have the most extensive artist line-up ever, according to the broadcaster. They received 312 entries, and 7 songs and artists have been selected for the National Final. Yle also teased that the entrants include everything from exciting new pop artists to well-known Finnish favorites.
Besides announcing the date of the final, Yle also revealed the artist and song reveal dates. All competing artists will be revealed on January 12. Song reveals start January 13, with one song per day being revealed. Tickets for UMK and the afterparty are on sale via lippu.fi, with prices starting at €19.90 for those who want to experience the main event. UMK will be broadcast live on tv, radio, and online. The winner will be decided by a combined jury and public vote.
Finland’s Eurovision Journey
Finland debuted in the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 10th with Laila Kunnunen’s “Valoa ikkunassa.” Since then they have competed 54 times, and appeared in the final 46 times. Finland has finished in the top 10 an impressive 13 times. They have won the contest once in 2006, with Lordi’s performance of “Hard Rock Hallelujah” getting 292 points. Finland’s most recent entry was “Dark Side” by Blind Channel. In the Final, they gained a total of 301 points, earning them 6th place.
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