A jury of eleven music professionals has selected 40 demos out of the 540 submitted to the next round of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, UMK, 2012. The top 40 demos are available for listening at the UMK website where you can also find interviews with all the jury members.
“A record breaking number of demos in the Finnish Eurovision history were submitted this year and the standard of the songs was very high. Therefore it was not an easy task for the jury to pick the forty best songs to the next round of the competition.” says the producer Anssi Autio from YLE.
What will happen next?
It's also the judges who will now select the top twelve entries. Final studio versions of these songs will be produced by the best producers in Finland. The top twelve songs will be revealed during the first show of UMK, to be broadcasted on YLE2 on the 27th of January 2012 at 21.00 (Finnish time). After this, the development of the songs and the artists will be followed in four other shows before the Grand Final on all Fridays of February 2012.
The hosts of UMK 2012 are Anne Lainto and Joona Kortesmäki. Joona is a host of a popular TV-show called Lauantaiprojekti and he is a talented songwriter and stand-up comedian. Anne, who has previously worked on one of YLE's radio channels, is excited about her new role as a hostess in UMK and expects a lot of challenges from her new job.
The Grand Final of UMK 2012 will take place at the Helsinki Ice Hall on February 25th. Tickets for the Grand Final can be bought online.
Finland famously won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with Lordi's Hard Rock Hallelujah and this year reached the Final in Düsseldorf thanks to Paradise Oskar and his own Da Da Dam.