So what’s this now? Over in Finland, broadcaster YLE has announced the seven artists who will be competing in UMK 2021 – their national final for the Eurovision Song Contest.
And the songs? They will be released, one at a time, every day starting from tomorrow and leading up to next Tuesday.
And the final? Takes place on February 20th.
So yeah – the artists? Well here we are, in the order in which they’ll be released;

Oskr – Lie
(Oskari Ruohonen, Joonas Angeria, David Pramik)
Previously a member of two different Finnish bands, Oskr now relaunches his solo career via UMK. He cites Bon Iver and James Blake as his influences, and you can hear that in his song ‘Lie’ – a break-up anthem that builds into an emotional gut-punch of a climax.

Telfon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Finnish comedy rap band recruits a Swedish eurodance icon of the 90s. Pandora has promised that this song is a disco track that is gonna bring us all plenty of joy. YES. PLEASE.

Danny – Sinä Päivänä Kun Kaikki Rakastaa Mua
A Finnish pop legend who last year started to become more famous in Eurovision fan circles as being Erika Vikman’s 78-year-old husband. They’ve now split up, and he’s following her lead from last year – into the UMK circus (a circus he’s experienced himself quite a few times in the past).

Laura – Play
She’s no longer lost in Verona – she’s got herself onto the Tallinn-Helsinki ferry to charm the Finns with her song that she describes as being a mix of pop and country.

Aksel – Hurt
Last year’s UMK winner, who sadly missed out on the prize of heading to Eurovision for his country. So it makes sense that he’s back a year later to give it another go – this time with a song that he reckons is pretty powerful.

Blind Channel – Dark Side
The token rock band that every Nordic national final needs. They’ve hinted that their song has been tailor made for parties. Which sounds quite promising, actually!…

Ilta – Kelle Mä Soitan
She recently gained chart and radio success as the guest artist on a hit by fellow Finnish artist Cheek, and now she’s sensibly using UMK as a launch pad for bigger and better things within her own solo career. She describes her song as a touching track about loneliness.


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