Tonight, the third and last semifinal of Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will take place. Next week’s final will decide who will go on to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm. A total of 18 acts will compete across the three semis, with nine of them proceeding to the competition’s grand final, this coming 27 February.
Each of the three semi-finals will be broadcast from Finnish broadcaster YLE’s studios in Helsinki and will see 6 acts battle it out for 3 tickets to the UMK grand final. The top three songs will be chosen by public televoting with proceeds to be donated to charity Nenäpäivä-säätiö, which fund projects in developing countries.
Tonight’s show will be hosted by Roope Salminen and Krista Siegfrids, who represented Finland in Eurovision 2013 and participated in last week’s semifinal of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2016.
How to watch
The show will be aired at 20.00 CET:
- YLE TV2
- YLE Webcast
Competing in this semi-final are:
- Lieminen – Pehmeiden arvojen vaalijat
- Tuuli Okkonen – Don’t wake me up
- Gušani Brothers – Poom poom
- Barbe-Q-Barbies – Let me out
- Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Liian kuuma
- Sandhja – Sing it away
UMK 2016 Agenda
06/02: Semi-final 1 13/02: Semi-final 2
- 20/02: Semi-final 3
- 27/02: Final
Finland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has won the event once in 2006 with Lordi’s Hard rock hallelujah. Last year, the country was represented by punk-rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, but failed to qualify to the contest’s grand final.