A month after their participation Finland wastes no time starting the search for the next Finnish representative, as Yle releases the rules for UMK23, which will be used to find Finland’s Eurovision 2023 participant.
The next edition of UMK will take place in February 2023
We looked at the rules that were released by Yle, and the highlights are as follows:
- Demos can be sent to Yle between 01.09.2022 and 05.09.2022. This and other requested materials must be uploaded to Yle’s server, with the final master and stems be completed by 03.11.2022.
- An expert panel appointed by Yle will shortlist the contestants, with Yle reserving the right to decide how the contestants are selected.
- UMK23 will take place as a live broadcast on February 2023, with Finland’s Eurovision 2023 being selected via a combination of audience and jury 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 55 times, and appeared in the final 47 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 “Jezebel” by The Rasmus. Qualifying for the final, they gained a total of 38 points, earning them 21st place.
Are you excited for the next edition of UMK? Who would you like to see represent Finland at Eurovision 2023? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we prepare for Eurovision 2023.
News Source: Yle
Photo Credit: EBU/Corinne Cumming