Get your detective hats on! Finnish broadcaster Yle has finished revealing their sets of clues for the seven artists participating in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the selection to choose the country’s Eurovision entrant for 2022.
Yle have been releasing a set of clues each day for the participating acts, plus a few other tidbits of information to help fans work out who the competing artists might be.
What do we know?
About the first artist:
- They have over 10 million streams on Spotify
- They have been nominated multiple times at the Emma Gaala (the major Finnish music industry awards)
- “The beast has been revealed”
About the second artist:
- They have released a very popular dance party/club song
- They are cheeky with a lively personality
- They have collaborated with and been featured on tracks with well-known names in the music industry
About the third artist:
- They have had concerts all over Europe
- They have gold and platinum albums to their name
- “A veteran”
About the fourth artist:
- They have “played on the street”
- They have had songs featured on adverts
About the fifth artist:
- They have over 10 million streams
- They have been featured on a track by a major international star
About the sixth artist:
- “You know them”
- They have gained popularity from reality TV shows
- They have published a biography
About the seventh artist:
- “Ambiguous pop”
- They have an “unmatched” stage presence
- They are from a musical family
The competing artists will be revealed on Wednesday 12th January, with the songs to be released once a day from 13th January.
What else do we know about this year’s UMK?
UMK returns for its eleventh edition in 2022, though it has undergone a variety of formats since its introduction. This year, the competition remains largely unchanged from its 2021 format, with seven artists performing as part of one grand final on 29th February. The event will be hosted at Logomo in Turku.
Yle has previous revealed that 312 songs were submitted for consideration to this year’s contest. The winning song will be chosen by a combination of jury and public voting.
Finland’s Eurovision History
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, and 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.
News Source: Yle, with support from Léda (@myvision__) for translations
Photo Source: Yle