FINLAND – Finnish national broadcaster, YLE, announced the date for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the show through which the country will decide its entry and artist for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2017 edition will take place on January 28th at the Helsinki Metro Arena. There will be 10 finalists the names of which will be known on November 23rd.
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Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 50 times since its debut in 1961. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Previously, its best showing was Marion Rung’s song “Tom Tom Tom” in 1973, which was placed 6th. Finland has finished last in the contest ten times, receiving “nul points” in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Finland has failed to reach the final six times. In 2014, the country had its best result for eight years when Softengine finished 11th. In 2015 Finland finished last in Semi Final One with the shortest ever Eurovision entry “Aina mun pitää” that only lasts 1 minute and 25 seconds by PKN (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät). (source: wikipedia.org)