Angus sits down with Olivera. She is competing in UMK 2022 with her track “Thank God I’m An Atheist” for the chance to be Finland’s representative for Eurovision. Her indie track is a deeply personal song about concepts such as eternal life. We talk about what makes UMK so special, how this song was years in the making, and the power of staging.
The final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will take place on February 26th in the Finnish city of Turku. The winner will be decided by a public (75%) and jury vote (25%).
Despite being unknown to the public, Olivera has already amassed success on streaming platforms. Her song “No More” has already amassed more than 10 million streams on Spotify, and has now released four EP’s. She describes herself as a storyteller whose music has an indie pop vibe.
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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