FINLAND – Finnish national broadcaster confirmed the production of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (also known as UMK) 2021. The following highlights of the announcement have as follow:
Submissions window opens on September 1st and closes on September 7th. A panel of experts will select the finalists, the announcement of which will take place in January, while the UMK 2021 final will be set within February.
In the rules of UMK 2021, we also see that each singer can submit up to three songs whilst composers, lyricists and songwriters can submit an unlimited number of entries, while one of the singers or songwriters must have either Finnish citizenship or permanent residency in Finland.
Jury and public voting will apply in the UMK 2021 national final.
WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH AKSEL?
UMK 2020 winner, Aksel Kankaanranta stated that he will enter the UMK 2021 preselection by submitting a song. Keep in mind that after UMK 2020, Aksel signed up with a new record company and he personally stated that he changes his music style to indie pop.