The Finnish broadcaster YLE has revealed the first pieces of information about next year’s Uuden musiikin kilpailu (UMK). This information was shared on UMK’s social media channels:
— Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu – Yle (@Yle_UMK) May 20, 2022
This is what was told on UMK’s Instagram post:
Are YOU the next Finnish Eurovision representative? 🤩😎 The song search for UMK will begin in the beginning of September and anyone can apply!
UMK 2023 is going to be bigger than EVER. Get readyyyyyy! 🎶✨
Now put your song writing mode on and take your calendar out: the song search for UMK23 will be open from September 1st to September 5th. 📆 Push also your drawer musician friends to apply — hit songs deserve to see the light of the day and get to be an earworm in the ears of a million audience! ✨👂🪱
UMK has been the Finnish national selection for Eurovision since 2012, although the format has been through some changes during the years. Most of the years UMK has had an open song search, but in 2018 and 2019 the Finnish Eurovision representative was chosen by YLE, and UMK was only a song selection contest. In 2020 UMK returned to its roots and held an open song search after two years of invitation contest, and the contest has continued as an open contest ever since. During the last couple of years UMK has been a big success in Finland, and many of the competing songs have been big hit songs after the contest.
This year UMK was won by The Rasmus and their song Jezebel. The band waved the Finnish flag last week in Turin, where they managed to qualify for the Grand Final from the second semifinal. In the Grand Final The Rasmus finished 21st with 38 points: