Finland: UMK 2015 rules and format changes

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YLE, the Finnish national broadcaster, has released the rules for their national final for the Eurovision Song Contest selection, UMK 2015.

After confirming their participation earlier today, the Finnish broadcaster revealed that they would be bringing back the Uuden musiikin kilpailu format to select their song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

The show’s producer, Anssi Autio, revealed that there would be no jury for the 2015 edition of the show, which will also see all of the programs broadcast live.

There will also be a new director in the form of Juha-Matti Valtonen, who has previously worked on the Finnish version of Dancing on ice.

The rules

  • Songs must be previously unpublished.
  • All artists/acts must be a minimum of 16-years-old by 05/16/2015
  • At least one person involved in the entry must be a Finnish citizen or live in the country.
  • Only one song per artist will be accepted.
  • Artists will not be permitted to enter other Eurovision selections/national finals.
  • A maximum of six people are allowed to be present on any single track.
  • Songs must be sent digitally to YLE in a submission period from September 01 to September 08.
  • By submitting your material you agree to the rules and competitions process.
  • If you win UMK, the EBU’s three-minute rule will come into place and a shorter version must be produced.

Last year Softengine won Finland’s UMK 2014 and represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark. The band finished 11th with their entry Something better, which was their best result since their first and only win in 2006.

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