The finnish broadcaster YLE has released the third song competing in UMK 2023, the finnish national final for Eurovision 2023.
The song is titled “Girls Like You” by Robin Packalen and you can listen to it below:
The official Eurovision site presents Robin as follows:
One of Finland’s most popular pop artists, the beloved Robin Packalen has long wanted to enter UMK. Now, the time has finally come. Robin, who got his start as a child star, is ready to conquer Europe with his energy and authenticity.
Robin Packalen’s first single was released in 2012, when he was just 13. It was an immediate hit, and Robin became a superstar. According to Packalen, the good thing about performing at a young age is that you aren’t afraid of anything and you have plenty of energy. The flipside is the fact that you have to grow up very fast.
In recent years, Packalen has been releasing songs in English. When making music, he relies on his instincts. Outside his music career, the extroverted Packalen enjoys extreme sports and socialising as much as he can.
Now was the right time for him to enter UMK. Many people have been wanting to see Robin in the contest and, even though he had been considering it for years, he feels that he is only just now ready for it.
‘And, this song is so good that the whole world should hear it,’ says Robin.
The UMK jury had the following to say about Robin:
“It’s so good to have one of Finland’s most successful pop stars of all time competing in the Contest for New Music UMK! Girls Like You is precisely the kind of music Robin Packalen wants to make: groovy, catchy and feelgood pop performed in English, which suits UMK to a T. Even though the song has clear Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake influences, Robin makes his own mark with his familiar vocal style. Written in Los Angeles, the song is like a sunny day squeezed into a three-minute audio file.”
We remind you that the competing artists/songs of UMK 2023 are being revealed in different dates in the following order:
Thu, 12 January Keira – No Business On The Dancefloor Fri, 13 January Benjamin – Hoida mut Mon, 16 January Robin Packalen – Girls Like You
- Tue, 17 January Lxandra – Something To Lose
- Wed, 18 January Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha
- Thu, 19 January KUUMAA – Ylivoimainen
- Fri, 20 January Portion Boys – Samaa taivasta katsotaan
The UMK grand final will take place on Saturday, 25 February, 20:00 CET and will be broadcast on Yle TV1, Yle Areena and Yle radio channels.
Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding UMK and the finnish representative for Eurovision 2023!