Friday, July 04, 2014

FINLAND. UMK 2015 FINAL IN MARCH

YLE has released the rules for the 2015 Uuden Musiikin kilpailu aka UMK. The final is set to March without the exact date nor venue but most likely it's Saturday March 6 and Barona Arena in Espoo again. For the 2015 season the big news are the juries are no longer there and all programmes are live ones. The exact procedure will be revealed in due time.
As for the rules they seem the same as before. The submitting period lasts only one week from September 1, 2014. Besides the rules set by EBU there are some set by YLE as well: An artist can be soloist in one song only but he or she can be part of a group in another song. Writers and producers can participate with several songs. The song can't be send into any other country's selection. At least one of the writers and main solist(s) must be Finns or have a permanent residence in Finland. The song may last over 3 minutes but the winner must provide YLE with a 3 minute version for the Eurovision in due time. YLE will also name a producer to help with the production of the final versions. One can also use their own producers as long as the final version meets the quality and technical standards set by YLE. 
Who will follow Pernilla Karlsson, Krista Siegfrids and Softengine? We will know in eight months! So far it's been better every year, will we be in the top-10 next year?

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