The Finnish broadcaster, YLE, has announced that it has received 420 entries for their Eurovision national selection UMK, the final of which will take place the 1st of February 2014.
The full calendar of dates for UMK 2014 is as follows:
Those 420 hopefuls must be now reduced to only 12 songs, which is the final number of participants in the public selection of UMK. The 12 names will be revealed the 4th of November 2013 and only one of them will have the chance to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark next year.
Once again many songs were received in Sweden. A total of 2628 entries "although we had probably hoped for less" confirmed Melodifestivalen producer Christer Björkman.
we have asked everyone to be very restrictive and only send what they are passionate about
It seems that the goal is to prioritize quality over quantity, as the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, already intended in the last couple of years.
The winner of Melodifestivalen 2014 will follow on the footsteps of this year's winner Robin Sternberg (below) and represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhaguen.