As Finnish broadcaster YLE continue their preparations for its Eurovision 2024 selection UMK24, the broadcaster has announced that it is looking for professional dancers for next year’s selection.
Applications will close on October 1
Those who are Aged 18 and over, and are interested in submitting an application can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “UMK dancer audition” at the latest by 23:59 on Sunday 1/10, with the following attachments
- Short CV
- Contact information (name, phone number, email)
- Link to a showreel OR other type of choreography video sample.
Once the applications have been looked through, shortlisted dancers would then be invited to audition in Helsinki on the 15th of October, with the information being sent by the 2nd of October. Those who are successful must be available for rehearsals in Helsinki in December, January, with intensive rehearsals in February in the lead-up to the final of UMK. The successful applicants would be compendated according to guidelines set by the Finnish Trade Union for Theatre and Media (TEME).
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 56 times, and appeared in the final 48 times. Finland has finished in the top 10 an impressive 14 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 “Cha Cha Cha” by Käärijä. He won the first semi-final in Liverpool, thus qualifying for the final. At the close of voting, he gained a total of 526 points, earning them 2nd place – Finland’s second best result of all time. Käärijä received 376 points from the televote, and an extra 150 points from the juries.
Do you know any professional dancers that would like to take part? Are you excited to watch UMK in February? 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 for all things Denmark!
News Source: YLE
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