FINLAND – New Music Competition, aka UMK, will take place soon March 2nd as Finnish national broadcaster announced today. Next week Finland will announce the artist who will represent the country in Eurovision 2019 and the song search will kick off.
Then on March 2nd, there will be a song selection where public and jury will decide the song with which the country will participate in Tel Aviv’s Eurovision edition.
Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 52 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Previously, its best result was Marion Rung with the song “Tom Tom Tom” in 1973, which placed 6th.
Finland has finished last in the contest ten times, receiving “nul points” in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final seven times. In 2014, the country had its best result in eight years when Softengine finished 11th.
In 2015 Finland finished last in Semi Final One with the shortest ever Eurovision entry “Aina mun pitää” that only lasts 1 minute and 27 seconds by PKN (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät).
Finland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The entry was selected in the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018 on 3 March 2018, where all three entries were performed by the singer Saara Aalto who was internally selected by the Finnish broadcaster YLE on 7 November 2017 to perform the nation’s entry at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal.