We are currently in Tampere, Finland, where the final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020 takes place tonight. Before the show, the six artists have their dress rehearsal – and we are following it live.
The winner of Finland’s national selection will be selected by international jury and the Finnish public. Eight countries are represented in the jury. The jury members include Eurovision stars Poli Genova, Georgi Simionov (EQUINOX), Lucía Pérez and Laura Põldvere.
1. Catharina Zühlke – Eternity
For her performance, Catharina is on the stage alone, but the stage is covered in smoke, so it doesn’t feel empty. She sings beautifully throughout the song and moves well. Towards the end of the song some snow appears. Beautiful entry overall!
2. Erika Vikman – Cicciolina
Erika is joined by two bears – yes, two people in bear suits. Erika herself is wearing a pink, latex jumpsuit. For most of the performance Erika is either sitting or standing in front of red throne. There is a lot of fire as pyro effects as well as on the LED screens. Erika sings well, even with all the dancing!
3. Aksel Kankaanranta – Looking Back
There is a transparent curtain in front of the stage and different scenarios are being protected on it (see: Lithuania 2018). Aksel stands still for the performance, but isn’t staying just stable. Like everyone else in this final, Aksel is a great singer and the whole performance is extremely touching.
4. F3M – Bananas
The girls start the performance by standing on a big box. All of them are dressed in one colour and the same colours appear on the LED screens. It’s a huge crowdpleaser and the girls have amazing energy. Miara’s highnote towards the end almost blows the roof off the arena!
5. Sansa – Lover View
Sansa is joined by a male dancer and this performance is the one with the most actual choreography out of all six. Sansa’s voice is international but also beautifully fragile. She performs on a small, transparent platform.
6. Tika – I Let My Heart Break
Tika also is joined by a male dancer and two people wearing black bodysuits, who lift Tika up and spins her around. There is a pyro curtain when the song reaches its climax. It was earlier revealed that the performance will include some augmented reality. And we have another amazing vocalist here.
Who is your favourite to win in Finland? Let us know below or on social media @ESCXTRA!