Finland: YLE confirms participation in Eurovision 2015

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 3,165 views

YLE, the Finnish national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCTOday that Finland will participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Austria next year. The broadcaster has revealed further details regarding their 2015 Eurovision national selection UMK.

Thus Finland joins Austria, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark in the list of  countries that have confirmed their participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest scheduled to be held in Austria next year.

The broadcaster will once more opt for a national selection in order to select the 2015 Finnish Eurovision entry and act. UMK- the Finnish Eurovision national selection will be yet again used as the mechanism to select the Finnish entry and act for Austria, much like in in 2014 but with a revamped version and some changes. All the shows will be aired live, instead of being pre-recorded like in the previous years. The search for the 2015 Finnnish Eurovision Eurovision entry and act will kick off on 1 September. You can read more about UMK 2015 here.

In 2014  Softengine won UMK 2014- the 2014 Finnish Eurovision national final and flew the Finnish flag in Copenhagen with their entry Something better, achieving a 11th placing in the grand final.

Finland debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 with Laura Kinnunen , the country has won the event only once, namely in 2006 with Lordi‘s Hard Rock Hallelujah. In 2007 Finland successfully hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki.

Stay tuned to the latest news on Finland and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest!