Finland 2022: UMK 2022 – The Rasmus Win!

Photo By: Venla Shalin/ Milla Määttä/Yle

UMK’s final took place tonight!

UMK – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu – the Finnish national selection returned this year for the 10th consecutive year. Hosts of the contest were Paula Vesala and Miisa Rotola-Pukkila. The winner was selected with 25% of an International jury and 75% of the Finnish public.

Ultimate winner of the show were The Rasmus with their song “Jezebel”.

The Rasmus – “Jezebel”

The Rasmus is a Finnish rock band that was in 1994, in Helsinki. Its current formation consists of Lauri Ylönen (vocals), Eero Heinonen (bass), Aki Hakala (drums) and Emilia Suhonen (guitar). The band gained international success with its 2003 single “In The Shadows”. Throughout the years, they have released 9 studio albums – all of which charted in Finland – and they have sold 5 million albums worldwide.

You can listen to all the participating entries on our Playlist below!

Finland in ESC 2021

In 2021, Finland was represented b Blind Channel and their entry “Dark Side”. The entry qualified for the final, where it placed 6th with 301 points.

Finland in the Eurovision

Finland debuted in the contest in 1961. Since then, it has participated 54 times, missing the contest in 1970, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest due to the fact that the prior year four countries won. The other five times that Finland didn’t participate was due to its poor results to the contest. Under those year’s rules, the countries with the worst results were unable to compete the next year.

The country was considered by many the most under-scored country in the contest until its 2006 victory. Prior to this, Finland had scored last eight times, with its 1982 entry finishing with no points at all. Today, the country has placed in the Top-10 just eleven times. Also, it hasn’t qualified to the final on eight times – two of them coming last.

What do you think about the winner? What do you think about the winning entry? Let us know in the comments below!

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