Finland: UMK final in Espoo

UMK judges

The UMK jury | Picture: Tom Hakala / Anatom Pictures

The third edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) will take place soon. Yle has now confirmed that the same hosts and jurors will continue also this time. This means that Redrama, Toni Wirtanen, Aija Puurtinen and Tomi Saarinen will be judging the songs.

The hosts are once again Ilkka Uusivuori and Anne Lainto.

The final will take place on February 1st. The venue will again be Barona Areena in Espoo, next to Helsinki. This arena can take up to 8,000 spectators and the 2013 UMK final was held there as well. The dates for other shows are as follows:

28.12. – The first six acts perform for the jury
4.1. – The last six acts perform for the jury
11.1. – Live show, first six compete, one qualifies directly for the final, one will be voted out
18.1. – Live show, last six compete, one qualifies directly for the final, one will be voted out
25.1. – Live show, eight compete and six will qualify for the final as voted by the audience
1.2. – Live show, the eight finalists compete, the winner is chosen by the judges together with the audience

The submission period was closed in September and Yle received a total of 420 demos. Those 12 who will compete in the televised heats will be revealed on December 10. Eight of them will eventually compete in the final.

SOURCE: YLE
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