It's September and the Eurovision 2018 season is officially on. I will feature in coming days names that could be in UMK18, if only...... I say if only, as most likely we won't see any of them in there for UMK is profilied as a newcomers contest instead of being our own Sanremo or Melodifestivalen. In short: a major contest all the big names want to take part not only to win but to boost their record sales and score hits. But one can dream, right? I have thrown in some not so known names for variety. Let's go.... Vol.3 (Check out Vol.1 here and Vol.2 here)
*** Meanwhile the submission period for #UMK18 has been closed today, September 4***
Anni& is an up and coming singer-songwriter. Listen to beautiful Cracks or Falling from grace below. She deserves to be known better and UMK18 could showcase her to the wider audience.
Antti Tuisku kickstarted his career in the first Idols in 2003 where he placed only 3rd but has then outsold any other Idols act in Finland. After ups and downs he came back after a break in 2015 with new style and attitude, became more popular than ever and even won the Finnish Grammy as the Best Male artist in 2016. He also won Dancing with stars in 2010, has judged Kids talent contest and will be one of the judges in Idols that will restart in Finland this fall. His 11th album will be also released mid September. He has scored 8 top-5 hits in the past two years: Peto on irti, Keinutaan, Sata salamaa (Finnish Eurovision entry 1987), Party (padiidipaadi), Pyydä multa anteeks kunnolla, Rahan takii, Hanuri (below) not forgetting his older hits like Hyökyaalto, Rakkaus on or Juuret. He would be Eurovision perfection, but seems rather unwilling to take up the challenge. Maybe if chosen internally?
Ike aka Ikenna Ikegwuonu reached top-4 in The Voice four years ago. He released then Vaiheillaan and has been featured in Prinssi Jusuf's and Uniikki's songs. His latest is Kaikki sanat. R'n'b in Finnish, could this be the key to success?
Haloo Helsinki has been dominating the charts and radio playlists the past few years being clearly the best selling band of the 2010's. Six albums, three latest ones straight to #1 and countless radio hits and sold out tours. Maailman toisella puolen, Huuda!, Vapaus käteen jää, Beibi, Rakas and Hulluuden highway (below) their latest hits. Could the straigthforward pop-rock make the difference?