After the reveal of the competing artists at this year’s UMK, the entries are now starting to be released. The third entry to be released is “Girls Like You” by Robin Packalen, which coincided with the release of the official music video of his entry.
Listen to “Girls Like You” on streaming platforms
You are also able to listen to Robin’s UMK23 entry on streaming platforms:
Follow our Spotify playlist to be up to date with the entries as they get released for the next few days.
About Robin Packalen
Robin has a career spanning over 10 years, and is one of Finland’s most popular music artists. Releasing his first song back in 2012 when he was just 13 years-old, Robin may be young but he is a seasoned pro in the Finnish music industry. Robin has released music in both English and Finnish, but in recent years tends to release his music mainly in English. He has been on a lot of people’s Eurovision wishlists and he now feels ready to take on and embrace the Eurovision madness.
The UMK jury had this to say about his song:
“It’s so good to have one of Finland’s most successful pop stars of all time competing in the Contest for New Music UMK! Girls Like You is precisely the kind of music Robin Packalen wants to make: groovy, catchy and feelgood pop performed in English, which suits UMK to a T. Even though the song has clear Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake influences, Robin makes his own mark with his familiar vocal style. Written in Los Angeles, the song is like a sunny day squeezed into a three-minute audio file.”UMK Jury
What do we know about UMK 2023?
Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will take place on 25th February 2023, and will be hosted by Samu Haber in the Logomo in Turku. The winning act will be chosen through a vote weighted 25% to the jury and 75% to the public televote. 363 songs were submitted for consideration, and snippets of the seven selected songs can be found on Instagram.
The remaining entries in this year’s competition will be released as follows:
|Lxandra||“Something To Lose”||17th January|
|Käärijä||“Cha Cha Cha”||18th January|
|Portion Boys||“Samaa taivasta katsotaan”||20th January|
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.
What do you think of Benjamin’s entry? Could we hear “Girls Like You” on the stage in Liverpool? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 approaches!
News Source: Yle
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