It was a bit of letdown, we thought: UMK said they were going to make an announcement today. Were we going to hear artist names? Song titles? Maybe even some snippets? Well… No. We heard who were going to host Uuden Musikiin Kilpailu 2016. One of the hosts is a familiar name though: Krista Siegfrids!

The singer, famous for representing Finland in Malmö in 2013, having a lesbian kiss on stage in an attempt to convince the Finnish government to legalise same sex marriages and being rather loud wherever she would go, has been announced as one of the two hosts. She will be joined by a rapper, Roope Salminen.

If you thought we’d have a serious host in Krista, you’re probably wrong… In her first statement about her job, she called Eurovision and UMK a big carneval:

It will be so much fun to host the show with Roope – he’s such a funny guy! I have high expectations and I can’t wait to meet all the contestants and to hear their songs. The Eurovision Song Contest and UMK are amazing shows designed for all sorts of crazy & fun stuff! Let’s get this carneval started!

The candidates and songs will be revealed in January. To be precise on 12th January 2016, at 11:00 AM CET. UMK will then kick off a month later, with the first show on 6th February.

Media Liaison: One of the founding members at escXtra. I'm the Dutchman who loves every little idiotic Eurovision fact there is. I usually listen to a lot of Eurovision music, but when I'm not, I listen to country music, schlager and pop, but mostly artists like Tina Turner, Emma, Ilse DeLange and Helene Fischer. On escXtra, you can find me doing pretty much anything that needs doing: Interviews, liveblogs or just your daily portion of news!

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