The seven finalists of Finland’s UMK have been introduced: Keira, Benjamin, Robin Packalen, Lxandra, Käärijä, KUUMAA, and Portion Boys.
Each music can be revealed over the course of the subsequent week on the stroke of midnight (Eastern European Time). The songs and movies can be accessible on the Finnish broadcaster’s streaming service Yle Areena, in addition to on Youtube, Spotify, and different music streaming companies
|UMK23 Release Schedule|
|Thursday 12 January||Keira – No Business On The Dancefloor|
|Friday 13 January||Benjamin – Hoida Mut|
|Monday 16 January||Robin Packalen – Girls Like You|
|Tuesday 17 January||Lxandra – Something To Lose|
|Wednesday 18 January||Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha|
|Thursday 19 January||KUUMAA – Ylivoimainen|
|Friday 20 January||Portion Boys – Samaa Taivasta Katsotaan|
UMK23 will happen on Saturday 25 February at Logomo in Turku. The ultimate can be broadcast for worldwide audiences on Yle Areena beginning at 20:00 CET. The broadcast may even embrace English-language commentary.
Tapio Hakanen, chair of the UMK jury mentioned: ‘Thanks to increased interest in UMK, more extremely high-quality entries were submitted this year than ever before, and the judges’ job was something however straightforward.
This 12 months’s crop of finalists presents an incredible line-up of latest songs carried out by each long-time favorite artists and whole newcomers. The UMK23 ultimate guarantees to be a spectacular present, and selecting the winner will definitely be a problem for each the worldwide jury and Finnish viewers.’
Keira – No Business On The Dancefloor
UMK’s youngest contestant, the soon-to-be 18 12 months previous Keira Lundström, stole the hearts of Finnish viewers on The Voice of Finland together with her highly effective vocals. She can be releasing the primary single of her profession at UMK. Her music, No Business On The Dancefloor, was co-produced by Teemu Brunila and Axel Ehnström, main names in the Finnish music trade, and German producer Jason Ok.
Since childhood, Keira has at all times dreamed of getting a music profession. Music has at all times been a shared household affair and Keira’s personal ardour since her days at music play faculty. In 2021, Keira competed in The Voice of Finland, and was stunned to win every spherical, many times, till she ultimately reached the ultimate.
‘When I got to sing in front of thousands of people, this feeling of euphoria just washed over me,’ Keira explains.
Keira’s influences are Okay-pop teams, akin to BTS and Stray Kids, together with singer superstars akin to Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and Dua Lipa. Like her influences, Keira desires to make dance a serious a part of her music.
At UMK, she can be giving an entire efficiency, showcasing her musical skills in addition to dancing. She’s very enthusiastic about this, as a result of there was not sufficient time for any choreography in The Voice of Finland.
UMK jury: ‘With her charming and convincing performance on the Voice of Finland, Keira has perhaps one of the most outstanding dance songs in the history of UMK. The song’s parts embrace a real groove bassline, a catchy chorus, a trippy flute drop and Keira’s unbelievable vocals, which may all conspire to make the music a radio hit, even on the European stage. Two of Finland’s most internationally profitable songwriters, Teemu Brunila and Axel Ehnström, contributed to the music. No Business On The Dancefloor is definitely one of the vital spectacular debut singles in Finland for fairly a while.’
Benjamin – Hoida Mut
The daring, charismatic Benjamin was born for Eurovision. Making a reputation for himself by way of social media in 2012, Benjamin has a rare profession story to inform. Benjamin’s worldwide music profession was launched in 2014, when his English-language debut single Underdogs climbed to the highest of the only and radio charts in, for instance, Spain.
In 2018, Benjamin modified his singing language to Finnish, and his debut single Naarmuja shot straight to the highest of the Finnish single chart. Looking again on Benjamin’s Instagram movie star in his youthful days, his debut album Someveteraani was launched in 2020.
Benjamin tells of his lengthy seek for himself as an artist, ultimately determining that the very best model is, in any case, simply being himself. Everything culminated in the music GAY, which relies on Finnish pop icon Maija Vilkkumaa’s basic music Ei. GAY turned the Pride anthem for the summer season of 2022. Last autumn Benjamin demonstrated his ambition and creativity by profitable the Finnish Dancing With The Stars competitors.
For Benjamin, who grew up with Eurovision, Hoida Mut is a crucial music, because it offers with an vital second in one’s life and likewise bends typical notions concerning gender. A person doesn’t at all times need to be the alpha – even a giant, sturdy man can sing about surrendering to somebody.
UMK jury: ‘Fast-riser Benjamin’s UMK music entry Hoida Mut brings an explosive vitality, a up to date sound that pulls from 80s pop, to not point out a very hit-making refrain. The manufacturing brings to thoughts the driving 80s-style beat utilized by Ava Max, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa in latest years. The music has a scorching and attractive really feel from begin to end, and we’re actually trying ahead to seeing how Benjamin, together with his charisma and beautiful dance strikes, will deliver it to life in the music video and stage efficiency.’
Robin Packalen – Girls Like You
One of Finland’s hottest pop artists, the beloved Robin Packalen has lengthy wished to enter UMK. Now, the time has lastly come. Robin, who obtained his begin as a toddler star, is able to conquer Europe together with his vitality and authenticity.
Robin Packalen’s first single was launched in 2012, when he was simply 13. It was a right away hit, and Robin turned a celebrity. According to Packalen, the advantage of acting at a younger age is that you simply aren’t afraid of something and you’ve got loads of vitality. The flipside is the truth that it’s important to develop up very quick.
In latest years, Packalen has been releasing songs in English. When making music, he depends on his instincts. Outside his music profession, the extroverted Packalen enjoys excessive sports activities and socialising as a lot as he can.
Now was the best time for him to enter UMK. Many folks have been eager to see Robin in the competition and, although he had been contemplating it for years, he feels that he’s solely simply now prepared for it.
‘And, this song is so good that the whole world should hear it,’ says Robin.
UMK jury: ‘It’s so good to have certainly one of Finland’s most profitable pop stars of all time competing in the Contest for New Music UMK! Girls Like You is exactly the form of music Robin Packalen desires to make: groovy, catchy and feelgood pop carried out in English, which fits UMK to a T. Even although the music has clear Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake influences, Robin makes his personal mark together with his acquainted vocal type. Written in Los Angeles, the music is sort of a sunny day squeezed right into a three-minute audio file.’
Lxandra – Something To Lose
With her magnificent voice, Lxandra (aka Alexandra Lehti) is a magical interpreter and internationally profitable artist, who received the celebrated Music Moves Europe Talent Award in 2019. Lxandra, who launched her debut album Careful What I Dream Of in 2021, strives for timelessness together with her music.
Lxandra’s creativity and fervour for storytelling took root in her childhood house at Suomenlinna. When she was 19, Lxandra moved to Berlin to work with high music trade gamers, gaining fairly a world following as an artist since her first singles. Filled with a robust narrative type and sensitivity, Lxandra’s music has additionally been heard in American movies and tv sequence.
Lxandra believes that it’s essential for an artist to evoke an emotional response in folks with their music.
‘I want to create universal music that is personal at the same time. Dark, but still full of colour. I strive for emotionality and connection,’ explains Lxandra.
The thought to enter her ballad Something to Lose to UMK got here from the jet lag she had after a visit to Los Angeles in April 2022.
‘There had been talk of entering UMK for quite some time, but it wasn’t till simply that second that I realised this music may very well be the best one,’ Laxandra says.
UMK jury: ‘For years Lxandra has been one of Finland’s most promising export skills, making a profession for herself out in the world. Now, she brings her beautiful ballad Something To Lose to UMK. The music is suddenly tender and private, dramatic and epic. Lxandra is a top-notch stay performer, who has touched audiences in Finland and overseas, even bringing them to tears. The music will certainly rise to new heights when carried out stay. Lxandra is often known as a flexible audio-visual artist, so we’re very to see what sort of world she is going to construct across the music.’
Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha
Käärijä is an artist who is nearly inconceivable to outline. Unabashed and unpredictable, Käärijä loves to interrupt boundaries, comply with his personal beat and discover new issues. Käärijä’s debut album Fantastista was launched in 2020. The artist’s music takes on an entire new dimension stay – certainly, Käärijä’s unfettered stay performances are what he’s identified for.
Käärijä’s ardour for music began with drumming. In grade faculty he started taking drum classes, however when he began center faculty his curiosity turned to rap: Käärijä began to follow his freestyling throughout English courses.
His debut single Urheilujätkä was launched in 2016 and since that point Käärijä has completed his personal factor. Käärijä hates being confined to a selected style, preferring to mix parts from, amongst others, rap, steel and digital music. His lyrics take care of on a regular basis issues, the passage from youth to the brink of maturity, from home events to after-parties.
Käärijä has watched Eurovision since he was just a little boy, with Verka Serduchka’s Dancing Lasha Tumbai being an particularly memorable efficiency. He has additionally been in UMK for a number of years. This 12 months, he was 150% positive that he could be submitting an entry, as a result of when Cha Cha Cha got here alongside, Käärijä knew the time was proper.
‘Finland is a party country, a heavy metal country and a pop country – this song brings all of those together,’ he says.
UMK jury: ‘Will this become the afterski hit of Finland for the spring of 2023? In his song Cha Cha Cha, Käärijä combines rap, electronic, rock and pop in a unique way. The end result is truly one-of-a-kind, but also very approachable, like the artist himself. The song’s hook is one which grabs you on the very first pay attention, and we are able to say with confidence that that is the toughest rap banger in the historical past of UMK. At UMK and Eurovision, there may be at all times room for one thing off the wall, which this music so completely presents.’
KUUMAA – Ylivoimainen
KUUMAA is a fast-rising trio, whose core is catchy tunes and feelings on a grand scale, to not point out the steadfast friendship between the band members. The band’s self-titled debut album KUUMAA was launched in 2019. 2022 turned out to be a turning level for the band, whose recognition grew when it took streaming companies, radio waves and levels by storm with its hits, together with Tulipalo and Oo vielä sekunnin mun.
KUUMAA is fashioned of singer Johannes Brotherus, drummer Jonttu Luhtavaara and bassist Aarni Soivio. The band obtained its begin in 2016, when the chums wished to kind their very own Finnish pop group. Since then, the band has constructed their profession for the lengthy haul. The pandemic years introduced them nearer to one another, with the members beginning to produce much more music collectively.
‘For us, the band is, above all, a group of friends. We’re united by our ambition. This must be taken significantly, however not too significantly,’ says Johannes.
The band’s UMK music Ylivoimainen is a hard-charging pop tune that brings a common, infectious vitality.
UMK jury: ‘KUUMAA sets the tone for how a Finnish band should sound in 2023: it is charismatic, cutting edge and has the ability to make big songs for streaming services and radio, alike. The band’s frontman Johannes Brotherus is charming and the band’s efficiency at UMK will deliver it to an entire new stage on its already skyrocketing trajectory. Ylivoimainen is a harder-charging model of KUUMAA that’s positive to rock the stage at Logomo and on Finnish tv come February.’
Portion Boys – Samaa Taivasta Katsotaan
One of Finland’s hottest celebration bands, Portion Boys, have been doing their factor for over a decade. With its positivity and sincerity, the band has blazed a path to turn into one of many at present most listened-to bands in Finland. The 2021 megahit Vauhti kiihtyy was a turning level, bringing the group to an entire new stage. Even although the group has by no means launched a single album, Portion Boys have put out hit after hit, akin to Kyläbaari, Karjala takas and, along with former UMK runner-up Teflon Brothers, Nautin elämästä.
Portion Boys are Kenraali Vahva, El Meissel, A.P. Vuori (who joined the group in 2021 as a singer), JaloTiina and Taitelija Nieminen. The band was fashioned in 2010 throughout a ‘legendary night in Tampere’. Within a day, they got here up with the thought, the primary music, the primary music video and the band title, which has a reference to Swedish meals. Since 2010, Portion Boys has written and launched songs and constructed a fanbase by way of arduous, grassroots work. And, interacting with the viewers as equals is certainly one of their greatest strengths.
The thought to enter UMK has been on the Portion Boys’ radar for a number of years, and now was the best time to do it. The band looks like they’ve every part in place and nothing to lose – only a lot to offer.
The message behind their UMK entry Samaa Taivasta Katsotaan is significant to the band: each certainly one of us issues.
UMK jury: ‘With a career spanning over a decade under its belt, Portion Boys is currently one of Finland’s hottest teams. It’s nice to see the band in UMK, bringing its personal, distinctive type to the competition. Samaa taivasta katsotaan celebrates Europe’s variety in its personal playful method and it represents the worth of tolerance that Eurovision promotes, one thing all of us want extra of in this point in time. The music is an unforgettable earworm, positively brimming with laser drums, vitality and musical hooks. The band’s unbelievable stay vitality actually comes out in the music – beneath its hard-charging beat is a stupendous composition. This may very well be certainly one of Finland’s most-streamed songs in 2023.’
The winner can be chosen collectively by Finnish tv viewers and worldwide juries. The public will account for 75 % of the vote and the juries for the remaining 25 %. The finalists had been chosen from 362 candidates by a jury of music trade professionals led by Tapio Hakanen, YleX’s Head of Music.
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Finland unveils sensational 7 competing in UMK23
Finland unveils sensational 7 competing in UMK23
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Finland unveils sensational 7 competing in UMK23