Tel Aviv 2019

What to expect from UMK 19: Darude?

We are currently in Logomo in Turku, where we have just seen a run through of tonight’s show. We take you through on what to expect from tonight’s show and what you should look out for from the performances of the potential Finnish Eurovision entries.

The show itself:

For people who thought that UMK will not be able to live up this year, after having Saara Aalto in 2018, based on what we have seen in Logomo this afternoon, we feel that Yle has done a good job, in regards to production, and the songs, despite only having Darude being announced late January.

Release Me

The performances uses the bright LED lights to its effects. “Release Me” is a mid-tempo banger and the consistency shows throughout its performance. As it builds up to the end, the staging does get interesting and pyrotechnics galore.

All I will say is, if you liked the postcards from 2017 and you like Robin Bengtsson’s performance, then this one will be for you.


This performance has everything you could think of. Bright lights, LED lights, fireworks, choreography, the whole lot. If you want Finland to send a club banger to Tel Aviv, then this will be the entry that would do it.

Look Away

The key changes for the performance. Sebastian sings in a lower register than the studio version. With regards to the staging, they have managed send a message with regards to climate change and how the world is getting warmer and melting the ice caps.

Other things to expect from the show

We all know how capable Krista is with hosting UMK, she has graced us with a banger ‘UMG Bitch‘ in 2017 and last year she gave Eurovision fans a treat by performing a Quero Ser Tua inspired track in her opening number.

This year, Krista’s opening number was influenced by Netta’s staging last year in Lisbon. The performance uses a lot of Maneki-neko figurines. AND THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!

I know that fans are wondering if it is even to top off last year’s opening number as she has set the bar up too high. But she has managed to keep up with fans expectations for this year. She sings, she raps and we get a sleek choreography! – What more could you want!

In addition to performing the opening number, Krista will be performing the interval act along with Christoffer. The song is about Tel Aviv. I will say one thing, just be aware of the outfit. And watch out who is on the driver’s seat.

This year, Mikko and Christoffer have more involvement. They are both introduced in the opening number, with Christoffer doing skits in between, in one of the skits, where he talked about heading to the host city Tel Aviv. Whilst Mikko, undertake interviews just before the performances begin.

With regards to the guest act, 2013 Eurovision Song Contest winner Emmelie de Forest will be performing her winning entry “Only Teardrops”. She is accompanied by dancers and children who are performing the flute parts of the song, and of course, pyrotechnics when she hit that high note.

What does the press think?

After the dress rehearsal this afternoon, we conducted a poll consisting accredited press members and they think that “Superman” will represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. You can see the results below.

  1. Release Me – 0 Votes
  2. Superman – 10 Votes
  3. Look Away – 5 Votes

Which of the potential entries would you like to win UMK 19: Darude tonight? Will you be watching the show tonight? Let us know your opinions and thoughts below or at social media @ESCXTRA

Tim Jumawan

I started watching Eurovision ever since I moved to the UK in 2006, obsessed since 2012 and haven't looked back since.
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