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Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Exciting Renewal Of Finland’s UMK Written by on June 1, 2020

Ellie Chalkley looks at the power of a National Final for those who take part. Stay up to date with the Contest over the summer by adding our RSS Feed into your favourite podcast application, or clicking here to follow us in iTunes.

The last few years have seen Finland’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest stuggling to reach the top of the table. In a push to reach the left hand side, broadcaster YLE has revitalised its National Final, and Ellie Chalkley wants to find out how it benefits every artist that takes part, how it benefits the Finnish music scene, and how the public can feel involved.

The interview with Tapio Hakanen (UMK’s producer) was recorded in February, and the artist interviews recorded at UMK in early March. The story, like many this year, changed during March after the cancellation of Rotterdam 2020. But the story, about what UMK is and what it wants to be in the future, is important to explain some of the things that have happened since.

Looking Back, Looking Forwards

Ellie Chalkley explores the exciting renewal of Finland’s UMK selection in ‘Looking Forwards, Looking Backwards’.

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About The Author: Ellie Chalkley

Ellie Chalkley is an all-round music, media and culture enthusiast and citizen of the internet. As an overly analytical pop fan and general knowledge hoarder she finds the Eurovision Song Contest bubble to be her natural home. She comments gnomically and statistically on Eurovision matters at @ellie_made.

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