Finland: Aksel will announce Finland’s 12 points!

Today YLE revealed who will announce the 12 points for Finland. The Finish jury’s results will be announced by Aksel Kankaaranta.

Aksel Kankaanranta was Finland’s representative for the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. He won UMK 2020 with the song “Looking Back”. Aksel went on to compete in the Finnish national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu once again in 2021 where he finished fifth.

Also, Eurovision 2022 spokespersons have been announced for the following countries:
  • Austria – Philipp Hansa
  • Belgium – David Jeanmotte
  • Bulgaria – Janan Dural
  • Croatia – Monika Lelas Halambek
  • Finland – Aksel
  • France – Élodie Gossuin
  • Georgia – Helen Kalandadze
  • Greece – Stefania
  • Italy – Carolina Di Domenico
  • Iceland – Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir
  • Ireland – Linda Martin
  • Lithuania – Vaidotas Valiukevičius
  • Montenegro – Zombijana Bones
  • Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy
  • Slovenia – Lorella Flego
  • Spain – Nieves Álvarez
  • Sweden – Dotter
  • Ukraine – Kateryna Pavlenko
  • United Kingdom – AJ Odudu

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The Rasmus: “We asked for more than 15 changes” | Interview

After the conclusion of their second rehearsal, The Rasmus, who represent Finland in this year’s contest, gave an exclusive interview on EurovisionFun and Apostolis Matamis.

Overall, they pointed out that they are satisfied with the outcome of the rehearsal, but they asked for more than 15 changes, in order to optimize their staging.

Moreover they sent their message to the Greek fans of the band and announced that they are going to hold  a concert in Athens on 27th of June, as part of a big rock festival.

Below you can watch the Rasmus interview after their second rehearsal.

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Eurovision 2022: Finland’s Second Rehearsal!

The fourth act to rehearse is the opener of the Second Semi-Final –  Finland – with their worldwide famous rock group – The Rasmus with their song ”Jezebel”. Finland’s set is covered with with huge, floating black balloons, and the band have brought bright yellow wet weather clothing to the Turin stage. Maybe they’re planning a dip in the waterfall? As you’d expect from The Rasmus, this is a really confident performance that packs a powerful visual punch with the yellow lighting. They’re like a swarm of rock bees, and we’re very much awake. Of COURSE Finland have fireworks and smoke jets in the final chorus – it’s pure rock ‘n’ roll. This is what we found out about the first rehearsal of theirs.

About The Second Rehearsal

What an opener! Fantastic camerawork, the props add more power to the song and it looks pretty much epic. It’s vocally bad and we hope the soloist improves until the Jury Show which will take place one day before the Second Semi-Final! Nothing else to add, the atmosphere they have created is fabulous, locals will enjoy it!

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Finland: The results of the second episode of Viisukupla – Eurovisionsbubblan!

On Saturday, 30 April, the second episode of Viisukupla – Eurovisionsbubblan took place, where 13 more entries of this year’s Eurovision 2022 were evaluated by the audience and the panel of judges.

The Finnish preview show is presented by Märta Westerlund and Katri Norrlin. Permanent panel members are Eva Frantz and Mikko Silvennoinen while there are two guest judges each week. In this episode we saw Paul Uotila and Hanna Pakarinen. The audience and the panel of judges could vote for each entry by choosing a colour. Green when they liked it, yellow when the song left them with neutral feelings and red when they didn’t like it.

The results of the judges:

  1. The winners in the judges’ vote were Australia and the United Kingdom with 4/4 positive votes.
  2. Estonia and Serbia received very good reviews, with three positive votes. A good sign for these two countries, since they are participating in the same semi-final as Finland.
  3. No entry received 4 negative votes from the judges.
  4. Last in the jury ranking were Bulgaria and North Macedonia with 3 negative votes.

The results of the public voting:

  1. The winner of the public vote with 87% was Norway.
  2. Austria ended up 2nd with 79%.
  3. Denmark finished last in the public vote as no one said they liked this entry.

Next Saturday, 7 May, the third and final episode of Viisukupla – Eurovisionsbubblan will be released, where the 13 remaining entries of this year will be evaluated.

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Finland: The Rasmus is representing the country in Eurovision 2022! | The Rasmus at the winner’s press conference!

The grand final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the national final of Finland, has just been completed, with the country choosing The Rasmus as the festival’s winner and therefore their representative for Eurovision 2022 in Turin. Finland used the same show to pick their representative for yet another year since 2012.

A total of seven finalists, that were picked among 312 submitted songs from more than 1000 songwriters, competed in the national final, claiming the ticket to Turin.

The seven artists:

The seven candidates of the night were:

  1. The Rasmus – Jezebel
  2. Isaac Sene – Kuuma Jäbä
  3. Olivera – Thank God I’m An Atheist
  4. BESS – Ram pam pam
  5. Younghearted – Sun numero
  6. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane
  7. Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua


The results was decided by 25% international jury vote and 75% televote.

The Results:

Juries (50%)

  • The Rasmus – 68
  • Isaac Sene – 28
  • Olivera – 46
  • BESS – 56
  • Younghearted – 40
  • Cyan Kicks – 52
  • Tommi Läntinen – 4

Public vote (50%)

  • The Rasmus – 242
  • Isaac Sene – 99
  • Olivera – 121
  • BESS – 184
  • Younghearted – 51
  • Cyan Kicks – 169
  • Tommi Läntinen – 52

After the public and the international juries voted were combined, the results of the national final are:

  1. The Rasmus – 310
  2. Cyan Kicks – 221
  3. Bess – 204
  4. Olivera – 167
  5. Isaac Sene – 127
  6. Younghearted – 91
  7. Tommi Läntinen – 56

The big winner of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022 were The Rasmus with the song “Jezebel“.

You can watch The Rasmus’ performance in the national final here:

The Winner’s Press Conference:

The winners of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022, The Rasmus, were taken to a press conference after their victory. They were asked about their plans for Eurovision and their participation in UMK 2022.
What they said was that they look forward to performing together with last year’s winners, Måneskin. They added that it’s great that rock music is getting better and better and it’s getting bigger in the contest each year. Lastly, the lead singer, Lauri Ylönen, revealed that it is long time dream for their fans to see them performing in UMK.

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Finland: Snippets of the UMK 2022 performances!

A few minutes ago, UMK’s official Twitter account posted snippets of tomorrow’s performances. You can check out the artists’ performances below.

In an online group-chat organized by UMK’s production for fans to chat with Mikko Silvennoinen, journalist, and Henkka Remes, editor and host of the UMK podcast, they announced the UMK 2022 international jury. The international jury consists of representatives from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Each country has a four-member team of music professionals.

The artists participating in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022 are as follows:

  1. The Rasmus – Jezebel
  2. Isaac Sene – Kuuma Jäbä
  3. Olivera – Thank God I’m An Atheist
  4. BESS – Ram pam pam
  5. Younghearted – Sun numero
  6. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane
  7. Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua

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Finland: Interview with Olivera | Life after death and the participation in UMK 2022 ! (Video)

After being selected to compete in this year’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022, Finland’s National Final, Olivera speaks exclusively to EurovisionFun and Apostolos Bogiannos and Apostolis Matamis.

Olivera is among the seven finalists of the national final of Finland for Eurovision 2022 and she will try to represent her country with the song “Thank God I’m an Atheist“.

I always considered competing in UMK but with the appropriate song. And now this showed up  and I think I have to pass a deep message.  As a person that is not so religious, I believe that we can’t know if there is afterlife. No one can answer this question with certainty. I doesn’t matter where everyone believes in, the only thing that matters is having a important life, that no one guarantees will last forever. We must look today, at the people we have close to us and do whatever pleases us, express our love and be good people. I wrote “Thank God I’m an Atheist” wanting to pass this message to the world and especially those who make this kind of thought about life. I didn’t submitted to UMK from the start. My win in the national final would be amazing but what matters the most for me is to manage to make the world express through this.

Asked about her staging of the song in the national final Olivera said:

There is nothing too big or too small. The staging will be based on the story of the song without having something that will distracting from the message I want to pass. I think it will be very beautiful.

Even though she likes every song in UMK 2022, the ones that stand out for her are those of Tommi LäntinenCyan Kicks and Isaac Sene.

Her favorite Finish entries are those of Vicky Rosti & Boulevard (1987) and Paradise Oskar (2011) while from the contest in general the entry that stands out for her is Loreen (Sweden 2012).

If she could pick a Eurostar to collaborate that would be Måneskin.

Sometime before the end of the interview, Olivera offered us a part of her song acapella

Watch the exclusive interview with Olivera in the following video:

Listen to “Thank God I’m an Atheist“, Olivera’s for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022!


Finland: The Rasmus released the official video clip of “Jezebel”!

The Finnish rock band The Rasmus is one of the participants at the Finnish national selection UMK 2022 for Eurovision 2022.

The band are claiming the representation of their country in Turin with the song Jezebel . The track was written together with Desmond Child, with whom The Rasmus collaborated for their 7th album “Black Roses”. Desmond Child has also worked with some of the biggest names of the world rock industry including KISSBON JOVIAEROSMITH and ALICE COOPER.

Speaking about their cooperation, Child revealed that Jezebel was written in Greece and specifically on the island of Folegandros. 

Today, the rock band released the official video clip of their entry which you can watch below:

The video was directed by the internationally awarded director Jesse Haaja.

The next representative of Finland will emerge through the UMK 2022 on 26th of February 2022, which is scheduled to be broadcast at 21:00 EET. For those outside Finland, there will be available live-streaming here

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Finland: The Rasmus bid for Eurovision 2022 written on Folegandros Island, Greece!!

One of the most famous bands with worldwide hits from Finland, The Rasmus, who are going to claim the representation of the Nordic country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, gave an interview on  on 12th of January 2022 and revealed some interesting details regarding their entry, Jezebel.

The Rasmus collaborated with Desmond Child for Jezebel, with whom the have already worked again regarding their album “Black Roses”. Desmond Child has also worked with some of the biggest names of the world rock industry including KISSBON JOVIAEROSMITH and ALICE COOPER.

The singer Lauri Ylönen commented regarding their entry:

“It was awesome to work with Desmond again. He really knows how to put a hit song together.”

“‘Jezebel’ is about a girl who takes what she wants, without asking. A free spirit.”

On his behalf, Desmond Child said:

“Lauri gives me a call and says ‘Hey, I need to write the biggest, greatest song in the entire world ever. Will you do it [with me]?’ and I said ‘Yeah, but I am in Folegandros (Greece)’ and he says, ‘I’ll be right there.’

“‘Jezebel’ is an homage, a tribute, to the strong women of today, who own their bodies, who are in charge of their sensuality, their sexuality, and who are determined to be an equal.”

The Rasmus are going to take part at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022/UMK 2022, the show that determines the Finnish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. UMK 2022 is about to take place on 26th of February 2022 and the winner is going to emerge through the votes of the public and the jury.

The band’s song Jezebel, which is already the big favourite according to the bookmakers, is going to be released tonight at 00.01 ΕΕΤ and you can watch it below.

Last year Finland was represented by another rock group The Blind Channel and their song Dark Side. The qualified from the 5th place of the 2nd Semi-Final, while at the Grand Final they achieved the second best result of the country after their victory in 2006, 6th with 301 points.

If The Rasmus win the ticket for Turin, will they manage an even higher placement for Finland or even the victory? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Finland 2022: Here are the clues for UMK 2022 seventh artist

The Finnish national broadcaster has published more clues about the contestants for the national final UMK.  Now it is time to start guessing who will be the seventh contestant in the Finnish national final for Eurovision. Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu’s official Instagram gave us the following clues:

  • Ambiguous pop
  • Plenty of stage charisma
  • From a musical family


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The first speculations are pointing out to soul-pop singer Isac Sene.  Born in Savo (Finland), Sene comes from a Finnish-Senegalese family .   Another possibility is pop singer Behm.  Behm performed as an interval act for UMK in 2020.

Yle will announce all the contestants for UMK 2022 on January 12.  After that we will get to know each competing song every day starting from January 13.

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