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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