In this new rubric at ESC Daily, we will take a look at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. What can we expect from each participating country? In today’s preview we will feature the plans in Finland.
What do we know so far
Finnish broadcaster YLE has been busy revamping their preselection method, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. The show UMK will continue but the format is slightly different than in previous years. In response to viewer feedback and in attempt to stay one step ahead of fading trends, Producer Anssi Autio made the decision to cut the jury from the show. Details of how the procession and voting will work have not been made clear as of yet; however, the shows begin in February and the national final will be held in March.
Submissions have opened and closed, and the news was released that the final contestants have been chosen and shortlisted by the end of October. The list will be made public in January 2015 during a TV presentation. No names to represent Finland have been rumoured in the fresh news. Though, there are some favorites among fans, such as popular hiphop group Bomfunk MC’s and 2013 runner-up Arion.
Chances at Eurovision
Finland have managed to qualify for the final in the last couple years in the contest. Therefore it seems logical to say their chances are fairly good. Provided, of course, they send a strong entry via their newly reformed UMK show. This last year, Softengine did incredibly well, placing 11th in the grand final, and in 2013 Krista Siegfrids finished in 24th place.