Uuden musiikin kilpailu, the winner of which will be Finland’s next Eurovision representative, will be held on February 25. However some acts name that are supposedly participating in next years UMK have been revealed by Iltalehti, way in advance!
According to sources of Iltalehti, which has correctly reported UMK participants in the previous years, Robin Packalen, Portion Boys, Benjamin Peltonen and a less-known artist Lxandra are rumoured to be competing in the hopes of representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Liverpool next year.
But let’s see who these artists are:
The 24-year-old Robin Packalen, also known by his stage name Robin, is a Finnish singer who started as a teen pop artist. During his career, Robin’s certified albums and singles have sold over 370000 copies, which makes him one of the 70 all-time best-selling artists of his country.
Portion Boys is a band from Tampere that started its activities on the YouTube service in 2010. Back in 2021, Portion Boys released a new version of the song “Vauhti kiihtyy”, featuring the original performers Matti & Teppo, which version grew into a major hit during the summer and fall of 2021. Since its release, it was in the top ten of Finland’s official singles list for 28 weeks, including 13 weeks in the top three and has been listened to more than 11 million times on Spotify alone.
Benjamin Peltonen, 25 years old, also known as Benjamin, is a Finnish singer who broke through on Instagram, where he earned, more than 280,000 followers. In May 2014 Peltonen signed a record deal with the record company Warner Music Finland.
Lxandra, born Alexandra Lehti, is an aspiring Finnish pop singer and songwriter. Raised in Suomenlinna, she is the daughter of journalist Baba Lybeck and musician Pekka Lehti, and currently lives in Berlin.
The Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will take place on February 25, in Logomo, Turku for the second year in a row. Seven songs will participate in the final, which will be announced on January 11 and will begin to be released on different days, from January 12 to 20. The seven songs were selected from 363 entries submitted to Yle.
Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding the Finnish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023!