UMK, the Finnish national selection for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest held the second semi-final tonight. Three out of the six participating acts qualified for the final on the 27th of February.
For the second semi-final Roope Salminen hosted the show by himself since his lovely colleague Krista Siegfrids was on stage in Malmö, competing in Sweden's Melodifestivalen at the very same evening, and even she couldn't be in two places at the same time - or could she?
A total of six participants were featured in tonight's semi-final and these three qualified for the final after the online votes and those of the TV viewers:
- Mikael Saari - On It Goes
- Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
- Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind
The rest of the line-up included:
- Attention 2 - Ready For The Show
- Rafaela Truda - Rise Up
- Ylona - Blazing Fire
The special guest tonight was the young Finnish popstar Robin.Gallery: Finland: UMK 2016 second semi-final winners
About the artists in Semi-final 2
Attention 2 - Ready For The Show
16-year old sparkly and bubbly twins Anni and Nina make catchy, melodic pop and Ready For The Show is their smashing debut. The Attention 2 girls are fans of One Direction and comic book superheroes as well as Jedward, the Irish twin duo all Eurovision fans are more than familiar with. Twin power!
Cristal Snow - Love Is Blind
The enfant terrible of Finnish dance pop likes to do whatever hell he wants. And he’s done a lot: besides music he’s well known as a radio host and a participant in Finnish version of Dancing with the Stars, among other things. However, it has always been a dream of his to perform on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest and this year his dream may well come true with supercatchy Love is Blind.
Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom - Good Enough
Big emotions and powerful voices – that’s what this couple is all about. You may remember Kimmo Blom as Angelo De Nile in last years’ UMK, but he’s an established professional vocalist who has sung on various albums and done many roles in the world of musical theater. It was actually on a stage production where Kimmo met Annica Milán, a young and lovely talent who had already gained attention in The Voice of Finland.
Rafaela Truda - Rise Up
Rafaela Truda is passionate about singing, rapping and dancing – the elements all of which are manifested and celebrated in her UMK 2016 song Rise Up. This young lady is a true cosmopolitan as she was born in FYR Macedonia, has lived most of his life in Finland and also worked longer periods in Norway. She may be a newcomer but she sure isn’t shy.
Ylona - Blazing Fire
22-year old Ylona is a versatile songstress who has been performing with diverse lineups for many years. Her UMK 2016 song Blazing Fire was written by two Finnish hitmakers: Tero “Kaivo” Kaikkonen and Jaakko “JS16” Salovaara, one of the most talented and successful Finnish producers ever. Needless to say, Ylona’s team is confident that Blazing Fire is perfect for big arenas – such as Globen in Stockholm.
Mikael Saari - On It Goes
Mikael is a 27-year old singer-songwriter from the city of Lahti, Finland. The audience was charmed by him already back in UMK 2013 when his ballad We Should Be Through finished second in the contest only to be beaten by Krista Siegfrids’ Marry Me! Lately Mikael has been working as an actor in various theaters around Finland but he also continues composing and performing music in various line-ups.Gallery: Finland's UMK 2016 line-up of the second semi-final