The seventh and final song of Uuden musiikin kilpailu (UMK) 2021 has been released. You can listen to the song Kelle mä soitan (Who will I call) by Ilta here:
Ilta Elina Fuchs is a Finnish-German singer-songwriter, who first came into the public knowledge in 2015, when she sang in the song called Sillat (Bridges) by Finnish rap-artist Cheek. In 2016 Ilta signed a recording contract with Warner Music Finland, and released cover versions of Adele’s songs All I Ask and River Lea. Ilta’s first own single song Koukkuun (Into hook) was released in July 2017. Ilta’s first album Näitä hetkiä varten (For the moments like these) was released in September 2020. Ilta has graduated to musician from Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory in 2018.
According to Yle, Ilta tells that she has lived and inhaled music for all of her life and that for her singing is as natural as eating and sleeping. Ever since she was a little girl Ilta has gotten chills from big and sensitive songs, and she hopes that her own music could bring similar reactions to others. Down-to-earth Ilta considered her UMK-participation for a long time. In the end, singing is the most important thing in Ilta’s life, and UMK and a possible Eurovision representation with millions of viewers made decision easy in the end.
Ilta’s UMK-song Kelle mä soitan is about loneliness. The song describes how it feels when the feeling of loneliness hits you. Ilta tells Yle the following about her song: ”You could be in the middle of a crowd and still feel incredibly alone. It’s one of the most difficult feelings any person can have, as we’re meant to connect with others. I hope that my song can provide everyone with a bit of hope and comfort, no matter if they feel lonely or not. Even though it doesn’t include an explicit message of survival, I hope that it can make people feel that they aren’t alone in their feelings.”
Now that we have heard all of the songs of UMK 2021, it’s time for You to tell us which one is your favorite! You can do it by voting in our poll: