Finland: With Käärijä and “Cha Cha Cha” in Liverpool!

The 12th edition of the Finnish national selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), took place tonight in the cultural centre Logomo of the city of Turku. 7 entries competed against each other in order to win the nomination of representing Finland in the upcoming Eurovision which is going to be held in May, in Liverpool, the United Kingdom.

The host of the show was one of the most famous Finnish musicians in the world, Samu Haber, the lead vocalist and frontman of pop-rock band Sunrise Avenue.

The participants

The 7 candidates of the show were as follows:

  1. Robin Packalen – “Girls Like You“
  2. KUUMMA – “Ylivoimainen” (Overpowered)
  3. Käärijä  – “Cha Cha Cha“
  4. Keira – “No Business on the Dancefloor“
  5. Benjamin – “Hoida mut” (Take care of me)
  6. Lxandra – “Something to Lose“
  7. Portion Boys – “Samaa taivasta katsotaan” (We look at the same sky)

The final result was determined by 75% televote and by 25% international juries. The international juries of UMK 2023 conisted of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine

With the combination of the votes from the jury and the televoting, the representative of Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is :

Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha

Käärijä and Finland are going to participate in the second half of the first semi-final which is scheduled on 9th of May. Do you think that Finland will  achieve a better placement than last year’s 21st place? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay tuned on for all the developments regarding the Finnish entry at the upcoming 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. 

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