FINLAND – Finland’s Contest for New Music UMK, revealed its seven finalists today. One of them will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, in May 2022: Cyan Kicks, BESS, The Rasmus, Younghearted, Olivera, Tommi Läntinen, and Isaac Sene.
The competing UMK songs will be announced daily starting tomorrow, January 13. The songs and music videos will be available on the Finnish Broadcasting company’s streaming service Yle Areena, as well as on Youtube, Spotify, and other music streaming services at midnight on their own respective days. The winner will be chosen in the UMK final on February 26.
UMK22 song release dates:
Thu 13.1. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane Fri 14.1. BESS – Ram pam pam
- Mon 17.1. The Rasmus – Jezebel
- Tue 18.1. Younghearted – Sun numero
- Wed 19.1. Olivera – Thank God I’m an Atheist
- Thu 20.1. Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua
- Fri 21.1. Isaac Sene – Kuuma jäbä
BESS: Ram pam pam
The music of pop artist BESS is known for its catchy lyrics and eminently danceable beats. Released in 2019, the eponymous debut album BESS has been streamed over 20 million times. The platinum streamed Tempo was the biggest hit on the album and a proper earworm with a big audience.
Music has been a big part of BESS’s life since she was very young, and she has looked for her own musical direction first in classical music, then through the influences of Michael Jackson, heavy metal, and reggae. BESS has collaborated with Nopsajalka and has been featured on songs by Finnish household names Mikael Gabriel and Raappana, among others. Her beautiful voice has also been heard on Finnish reality shows, such as Love Island, Bachelor Suomi, and Temptation Island.
The Helsinki pop artist combines electronic pop and house music. BESS has a gravelly voice, and her music is very much in keeping with the artist herself: effervescent and audacious. The energy BESS is so well known for is also on full display in her Contest for New Music UMK entry Ram pam pam.
Participating in the UMK is the fulfilment of one of her “maybe someday” dreams. “I want to put on the world’s best show at the UMK”, she says.
In addition to BESS herself, songwriter and producer Jonas Olsson and musician-songwriter Tomi Saario are behind the entry competing to represent Finland in Eurovision.