FINLAND – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 will be the tenth edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the music competition that selects Finland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition will consist of one final on 20 February 2021. The show will be held at the Mediapolis TV studio in Tampere and hosted by Antti Tuisku, commentated on by Mikko Silvennoinen in Finnish, Johan Lindroos and Eva Frantz in Swedish and Levan Tvaltvadze in Russian. The show will also be commentated on in English by Katri Norrlin and Jani Kareinen. The show will be broadcast on Yle TV1 and online at yle.fi/umk as well as via on Yle Radio Suomi and with commentary in Swedish by Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos on Yle X3M.
A submission period was opened by Yle which lasted between 1 September 2020 and 7 September 2020. At least one of the writers and the lead singer(s) had to hold Finnish citizenship or live in Finland permanently in order for the entry to qualify to compete. A panel of eight experts appointed by Yle selected seven entries for the competition from the 278 received submissions. The panel consisted of Tapio Hakanen (Head of Music at YleX), Anssi Autio (UMK producer), Juha-Matti Valtonen (television director), Samuli Väänänen (Senior Editor at Spotify Finland), Mirva Merimaa (CEO of Tiketti), Katri Norrlin (YleX music editor), Jani Kareinen (YleX music editor), Johan Lindroos (Head of Music at Yle Radio Suomi) and Amie Borgar (Head of Music at Yle X3M). The competing artists were presented on 13 January 2021, while the competing entries were released between 14 and 22 January 2021.
The final will take place on 20 February 2021 where seven entries will compete. The winner will be selected by a combination of public votes (75%) and eight international jury groups (25%).