Eurovision 2016

FINLAND: Live blog of UMK 2016 Selection #JoinUs at 20:00 CET

Finland Heat 2

Welcome back to part two of the fun and games from good old Finland. As you may have seen last week, the people of the country selected three songs for the final of  UMK – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu on Saturday 27 February. They picked the three ladies.

If you’re familiar with UMK, you’ll know that the format is three semi-finals of six songs. The top three in each go through to a nine-song final. Tonight is Semi-final Two. You can read our thoughts on the competitors HERE.

Join us at 20:00CET for our LIVE BLOG. You know the drill – just refresh the page for full updates and our thoughts on the performances.

How To Watch

The Show starts at 20:00 CET

You can watch internationally using the following links HERE  and HERE

Running Order

Attention 2 – Ready for the show

Cristal Snow – Love is blind

Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom – Good enough

Rafaela Truda – Rise up

Ylona – Blazing fire

Mikael Saari – On it goes

How The Winner Will Be Selected

It’s simple. The three lucky qualifier will be picked by 100% televoting. No juries here.


LIVE BLOG – STARTS AT 20:00 CET – Just Refresh The Page

Here we are again, with more Finnish fun and games. Six go in, three come out. It’s like Mad Max’s Thunderdome, but a little bit madder. Roope and Krista are back, looking very dapper this time round.

Krista has vanished, and Roope explains the rules. We think Krista is now appearing in another national semi-final tonight on the other side of the Baltic Sea.

Attention 2 are, erm, identical twins. They like dressing the same. Maybe someone should tell them that they don’t have to now that their mother isn’t buying their clothes anymore. We get lots of bright pink and jade green, with a motif of pop art images. It’s pleasant, but just a bit to gimmicky. They are enthusiastic, with a vocal that is suffering, From what I don’t know. I’ll say it the mix. Unfortunately, this might struggle to be top half in about an hour.


Cristal Snow has a video that’s already made a few ripples. Will it do well? Well he’s gone for a dramatic setting with devils in silhouette around him. It’s a pleasant enough sing-a-longy sort of way. The verse and chorus work well together without the jarring you sometimes get. It’s actually getting stronger as the song bounces along. And it gets a big reaction. It may well mop up a lot of votes. Definitely through so far.


A duet, possibly in the Stig and Elena vein now, and in some of the UMK top 12s people have put together online this features highly. Kimmo and Annica start in front of two-way mirrors. From different angles, we can first see one, then the other, then both. A bit Chanée and N’evergreen perhaps. It’s another solid performance even though they’re not singing next to each other. Similarly, they’re not standing a foot apart and shouting at each other as if their lifes depend on it. In fact it’s only at the end we see them together.


No break this time, and straight onto true-blooded Swedish-speaker Rafaela. She’s gone for the bit dance number. Her in something brief, lots of dancers with big smiles, dance moves, and gold trousers. Either that or space blankets they earned after doing a marathon. I’m actually paying a little less attention to the lyric – more to what might happen next dance-wise. I’m being harsh. It’s not a bad little song and she wants to grab your attention, even if the words are mumbled a little. But since when has that stopped a song doing well in Eurovision?


Ylona starts with a close-up shot of her, in a big birdcage. One better than Sanna Nielsen’s circle of lights I think. Can she get out of it will be all I can think of for this whole song. She’s obviously alluding to whether she can spread her wings and fly. Of course, she does leave the cage. She doesn’t step out of it – it comes apart around her. I nice little touch. And she finishes with wings projected way behind her. A nod to Conchita thing perhaps.


Finally is Mikael Saari with another contrasting number. He has his fans here too, as they all do. He’s gone for a dark stage with a young lady that he’s both singing to and not singing to, if you understand me. It’s a big ballad and quite a good one at that. She responds to the being sung at/not being sung at by writhing around him. She looks a little non-plussed to me. It will attract a few votes here. On last might be an advantage too (although it wasn’t last week). Nice and moody.


Roope speaks to all of the participants in the ‘Green Room’. This chat is book-ended by a speedy retrospective of Finland’s participations in the 1980s and 1990s. Fine decades both of them.

It’s treat time. We get some youngster called Robin singing ‘Huilumies’ of all things. A darn sight better than Vesa-Matti Loiri too. It’s an instant Magic Mic moment. Who’d have thought it. Anyway, with that revelation out of the way he switches to what is probably one of his own numbers.



.This is a trickier semi-final to call than last week. Annica & Kimmo are through. The others might be Cristal Snow and Mikael Saari. Attention 2 are, for me, the only ones unlikely to qualify. Even Ylona and Rafaela are in with a chance.


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First finalist is…

Mikael Saari!

Second finalists are…

Annica Milán and Kimmo Blom

Third finalist is…

Cristal Snow!


I believe I called all threen there. Maybe this punditry lark isn’t so tricky after all. Thanks for reading. Catch you soon!


Author:  John Stanton

Source : Eurovision Ireland

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