After the non-qualification, Finland achieved in Tel Aviv, Yle has confirmed there will be changes for UMK 2020.
In a recent interview with Teosto, Tapio Hakasen (music manager for YleX) who is working on UMK 2020 has revealed more information about next year’s competition.
What will #UMK2020 consist of?
During his interview with Teosto, Tapio has confirmed that UMK 2020 will consist of one show. The aim is to have around 4-10 acts competing for the right to represent Finland in Rotterdam. Tapio also emphasized the importance of diversity and versatility in regards to selecting the acts competing.
Despite not bringing back the Semi-Final stages of the competition, it is likely that preview programs will take place. The preview programs will take place to familiarise the public before UMK takes place.
Submissions to open on November
Yle has confirmed that submissions for UMK will open on November 1, and will be open until November 8, 2019. You can find more information about the competition by clicking here.
Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
After the success of the UMK 2018 format, Finland internally selected Darude to represent Finland in Tel Aviv. UMK took place once again, with the Jury and Public selecting Look Away, which was sung by Sebastian Rejman.
Darude and Sebastian Rejman performed ‘Look Away’ at the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Unfortunately, they were unable to replicate their success in 2018 and did not qualify for the Grand Final. They managed to finish 17th with 23 Points.
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