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
Younghearted: Sun numero
Pop group Younghearted is made up of a group of high school friends, vocalist Reeta Huotarinen and guitarists Atte Ranta and Emil Korkiakoski. Founded in 2015, Younghearted has released two albums. The first album, Nuorisydän, which was released in 2016, reached platinum, and the second album, Vapaa, received an Emma Gala Music Awards nomination in the Band of the Year category. The band’s best known songs are Hetkeksi and Vaikeeta.
It has been more than two years since the band’s last release, so now was the time to get back into the ring. “After some time away from the game, we’re coming back in a big way and with a new sound,” says guitarist Emil Korkiakoski.
Indeed, the Eurovision entry Sun numero embodies what the band says is a more adventurous Younghearted. Known for its sensitive interpretations, the band is now ‘softly rock‘n’roll’. “The song really shows the direction Younghearted is heading. Before, we had a more acoustic, smaller sound. Now, we’re going big right out of the gate,” explains Korkiakoski.
Sun numero is about the more painful sides of love: longing, desperation and regret. Even though love is an ever-present subject, vocalist Reeta Huotarinen wanted to take a fresh approach by looking at it from the point of view of someone suffering from remorse: when you regret breaking up, but your ex has already found someone else.
In addition to Younghearted itself, singer-songwriter Vilma Alina and composer-producers Joonas Keronen and Ilkka Wirtanen also contributed to making the song.