YLE, the Finnish national broadcaster, has revealed that there will be 15 songs competing in UMK 15, the national final for the country’s Eurovision Song Contest entry.
In a series of posts on their official Instagram account, YLE posted 18 images featuring silhouetted artists with lyrics. If the lyrics are anything to go by, there will be nine Finnish language songs, eight English language entries as well as one in Spanish.
The songs and artists won’t be known until January 13, where the broadcaster will hold a special press conference (to be streamed on the UMK website) introducing the acts and their entries ahead of first live show on February 7.
They will also reveal more details surrounding the format of the competition, including how many shows there will be and how the entries will be whittled down.
To further build the anticipation for this year’s competition, YLE have also released a trailer, which you can see below.
Last year, Softengine represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest. The band made it through the semi-finals and went on to finish 11th place in the grand final. This is the country’s best result since their first and only win which came back in 2006.