After the reveal of the competing artists at this year’s UMK, the entries are now starting to be released. The fifth song to be released is “Cha Cha Cha” by Käärijä, which coincided with the release of the official music video of his entry.
Listen to “Cha Cha Cha” on streaming platforms
You are also able to listen to Käärijä’s UMK 2023 entry on streaming platforms:
Follow our Spotify playlist to be up to date with the entries as they get released over the next few days.
Käärijä is one of the most exciting names in Finnish music today. His first single, Urheilujätkä, was released in 2016, providing a flavour of his genre-defying style. He released his debut album, Fantastista, in 2020. He has a reputation for outstanding live performances.
The UMK jury had this to say about his song:
Will this become the afterski hit of Finland for the spring of 2023? In his song Cha Cha Cha, Käärijä combines rap, electronic, rock and pop in a unique way. The end result is truly one-of-a-kind, but also very approachable, like the artist himself. The song’s hook is one that grabs you on the very first listen, and we can say with confidence that this is the hardest rap banger in the history of UMK. At UMK and Eurovision, there is always room for something off the wall, which this song so perfectly offers.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:
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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 Käärijä’s entry? Could we hear “Cha Cha Cha” 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!
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