This Sunday morning (Australia Time) Finland will maintain Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2020, the ninth version of their nationwide choice present.
There are six entries this 12 months, every from completely different artists (a change within the format from 2018 and 2019).
It is possible for you to to look at the ultimate (which will probably be hosted reside in Tampere by Krista Sigfrieds and Mikko Silvennoinen in Tampere) at 5am AEDT.
To preview the present, we requested the Aussievision workforce to rank their entries
Factors got as 12, 10, 8, 6, four and a pair of factors from every of our jury, and the totals had been as follows:
1st: Erika Vikman – Ciccolina (98 Factors)
Highs: 12 factors from Laura, Dale, Emma, Steven, Fleur and Jess
Lows: Eight factors from Mike
Dale: This. Is. The whole lot. Highly effective, dramatic, tongue and cheek with a killer melody and refrain. It’s gone full 80s to late 70s retro with an nearly ABBA sound at occasions. I liked the Finnish entries within the 80s and this feels related, feminine up entrance, energy music, nice use of the Finnish language. I ADORE this entry and actually hope it wins UMK.
Laura: I’d love to listen to Finland ship a music in Finnish to Eurovision for the primary time since 2015 and ‘Cicciolina’ could be a unbelievable addition to the lineup of Finnish Eurovision entries all through the years. The music harkens again to late-90s trance bangers (suppose ‘Ecuador’ by Sash) and it’s positive to be a crowd-pleaser that can get audiences bopping alongside. The subject material of girls’s empowerment and openness definitely strikes a chord, and it’s straightforward to see that Erika could be very enthusiastic about this music upon listening to her feisty, tongue-in-cheek vocal supply. From the second that synth riff opens the observe, you recognize to be ready for an iconic experience, and this music definitely doesn’t disappoint!
Mike: I’m keen on a Euro Dance banger and this ticks all of the bins. Superior 80’s pastiche with manufacturing that works completely for the music. It will please lots of people. Hopefully the reside efficiency delivers.
Emma: It’s dated, it’s in Finnish however for some motive I like this. It seems like a 90’s revamp of an Abba music. This is able to undoubtedly stand out at Eurovision supplied the staging isn’t too tacky. Very pleasant.
Steven: WHAT. A. BANGER! With an infectious dance beat (that jogs my memory of ABBA’s disco period hits) and provocative but empowering lyrics, this playful instance of Finndisco at its most interesting ticks all my bins. I’m solely unhappy that I needed to Google Translate the lyrics to find the music’s message. Briefly, I hope that is chosen to symbolize Finland this 12 months and I really feel that it has the potential to be as massive a non-English language crowd pleaser as its Scandinavian neighbour’s 2019 representatives KEiiNO.
Fleur: That is the Eurotrash that I reside for. I like this. Sure, I’ve performed some (I stress “some”) analysis on the subject material. It’s good. Please Suomi ship this!!! Additionally, I need to go to Helsinki.
Jess: Retro, energetic, Finnish – I AM IN LOVE. I can see this being performed non cease at varied Eurovision events, with nice dancefloor vitality. I like a wide range of languages at Eurovision, so would admire Finland departing from the lengthy custom of Nordic nations sending English language entries!
Kyriakos: I’ve heard lots about this on-line Eurofan favorite which has been overvalued tremendously. The music truly lives as much as the hype. I do get slight ABBA vibes inside the refrain. Erika appears to have an enormous character in her lyric video. If she manages to translate that effectively on stage I believe this might take it out.
2nd: Catharina Zühlke – Eternity (74 factors)
Dale: There are parts of this music which can be my favorite of the bunch. The large vocal construct as much as an enormous Eurobeat are FANTASTIC. It does take some time to get going nevertheless, however total it ought to be good. Catherine can sing reside and is a former UMK runner-up.
Laura: I assumed this was going to be a full-on ballad, however when the tempo change hit and the pulsing 808s kicked in, I used to be pleasantly stunned. The classical parts and the strings mesh effectively with digital beats to create a Saara Aalto-meets-Bojana Stamenovic music that takes a life all of its personal. Catharina’s voice transitions from uncooked and delicate to sturdy and highly effective, and it’s troublesome to ask for a greater showcase for her vocal skill than this music.
Mike: OMG that refrain!! I need to be on the Ahoy as she belts that out! Total the music can take some time to get going, however you get the banger. It’s not essentially the most unique and it might do with a rework. However it works for me!
Emma: What a surpise…simply once I thought we had a reasonably normal ballad, it turns in to a banger. Catharina has a stunning voice however I really feel prefer it’s nearly an inferior Euphoria rip off.
Steven: I like Catharina’s voice, the music progresses from a ballad to a extra uptempo quantity (which I admire!) and, if delivered effectively reside, the “ooooooooos” might be spectacular. For me, that is let down considerably by the easy and actually slightly repetitive lyrics (I imply, you couldn’t fail to know the music’s title by the top).
Fleur: This takes some time to get going. I like Catharina’s voice most about this. It melds effectively with the ballad/banger moments. There are simply different songs that I favor within the contest, however that is good.
Jess: Don’t get me improper – I don’t DISLIKE this music, however I simply discover there are different stronger entries. It has vitality, Catharina has AMAZING vocals. With a rework and the precise place within the operating order it might be jaw-dropping, nevertheless it isn’t fairly there for me but.
Kyriakos: I’m a sucker for a fantastic ballad, which switches to banger mode. I truthfully wouldn’t thoughts if ‘Eternity’ was chosen for Eurovision. Catharina has a singular voice. Although total it might come throughout generic, the refrain actually makes the music and is stuffed with emotion.
third Sansa – Lover View (55 Factors)
Dale: Love the studio of this, nice bit, good manufacturing – I’m simply undecided of this as a reside music and suppose it’ll battle in that division.
Laura: That is in all probability essentially the most chilled, laid again sounding music in UMK, crammed to the brim with slick Nordic manufacturing and digital synth beats. In consequence, it sounds refreshing, however I concern it’ll get misplaced in amongst the heavy-hitting dance ground anthems and energy ballads of the choice.
Mike: Lover View what does that even imply? The complicated title matches this music. The tempo is center of the highway and it’s all a bit middling. Might go by on a playlist and I wouldn’t keep in mind it.
Emma: Dreamy radio pleasant pop indie observe. That is the sort of music I take pleasure in listening to however sadly I don’t suppose it stands out sufficient to do effectively.
Steven: Cool electro-pop with, I really feel, pretty clear Sia/Robyn influences. I loved listening to this, nevertheless it simply didn’t seize me. Plus, the title confuses me. What’s a “lover view”?
Fleur: That is pleasant. This jogs my memory of the kind of Scandi-pop that I liked listening to within the early 2000’s. I’d not be disenchanted if this was chosen. Nevertheless, as with a variety of heavy digital songs I do fear how it will sound reside.
Jess: I take pleasure in this music, however I really feel that with the variety of electro, dance songs within the choice this 12 months, that is the one which doesn’t stand out to me.
Kyriakos: That is music is true up my alley once I would like to play one thing straightforward listening within the background when I’m working. However I’m struggling to see how this is able to translate reside on stage. It doesn’t appear to have a second, it simply cruises alongside the identical tempo and tone for the entire three minutes. It’s a very nice music although.
4th F3M – Bananas (54 factors)
Highs: 10 factors from Laura and Jess
Lows: 2 factors from Emma, Kyriakos and Steven
Dale: Very mid 2010s Little Combine sound right here, however that’s not a foul factor. Easy, repetitive however enjoyable and it really works.
Laura: Once I heard that this music was about girls kissing one another on the membership, I used to be bracing myself for the standard disclaimer that comes together with it of the act being for male consideration or pleasure (whats up Katy Perry). Then I listened to the music and was relieved to listen to that there was none of that – it’s only a music about a number of ladies having a good time on an evening out. This bombastic pop anthem definitely offers a brand new that means to woman energy! Whereas the primary theme of the music is just not new or unique, the spin that FEM have placed on it’s novel, and for that I give them credit score.
Mike: This seems like each woman group from the 2000s. It’s kinda enjoyable and that refrain slaps, however I can’t take it critically.
Emma: I benefit from the tune however the refrain lyrics are so tacky, this seems like a music any self respecting woman group would have rejected. We have already got an all woman trio from Serbia…I don’t suppose there’s room for 2 within the competitors.
Steven: A high-energy, daring, woman band pop music. It’s pretty catchy however the alternative of title? Now, THAT’s bananas! In a powerful area of songs, I can’t see this making a lot headway. Having mentioned that, I don’t dislike this entry.
Fleur: 1990’s girl-band throwback. It’s a enjoyable entry that might stand out at Rotterdam. I do marvel how this is able to sound reside, they appear to harmonise effectively. I actually prefer it.
Jess: EXTREMELY tacky, a bit dated, however I find it irresistible a lot. I query how effectively it will do at Eurovision, nevertheless it has definitely made its manner onto my playlists.
Kyriakos: Nice to see a woman band, however they aren’t Hurricane. It jogs my memory of the woman band manufactured pop of the late 90’s and early 00’s. Sadly it doesn’t seize me, I’m not going bananas over this one.
fifth Aksel Kankaanranta – Trying Again (52 factors)
Highs: 10 factors from Mike and Steven
Lows: 2 factors from Laura, Fleur and Jess
Dale: That refrain is a KILLER. The one male within the group will get a variety of love. Most likely essentially the most up to date of the songs, I do exactly discover the verses can lack considerably in comparison with that high notch refrain. Additionally staging, is he simply going to face and sing? Undecided that can lower it. We’ll wait and see!
Laura: Aksel has a pleasant voice, however this music sounds extra like a radio-friendly hit slightly than a Eurovision showcase. The prechoruses and refrain are very repetitive, and the music appears to coast alongside with out going into that ‘wow issue’ second that many listeners are looking for in Eurovision. Very similar to the music’s lyrics, sadly, it felt like I didn’t know what I used to be listening to till it was over and I used to be wanting again on the repeat button.
Mike: The studio to this has a fantastic vibe to it. The manufacturing is nice and it has a hook that sticks. The music lacks a bit variation in tempo and kind of plods in the direction of the top. I’m to see the reside efficiency.
Emma: Vocally, Aksel jogs my memory very a lot of our personal Dean Lewis. I actually take pleasure in this music however we have already got loads of males within the competitors with related fashion songs so it could get misplaced within the crowd.
Steven: A nostalgic music during which Aksel reminisces in regards to the good previous days and the way they weren’t totally appreciated on the time. Aksel’s recorded vocal is powerful, the music’s narrative is obvious and the lyrics are well-crafted. This might be a powerful contender / shock winner on the evening.
Fleur: That is sung effectively and I like his voice. Sadly, it simply is just not memorable for me. Wouldn’t stand out at Eurovision.
Jess: This music is extraordinarily forgettable, and amongst a powerful line-up of songs, doesn’t examine beneficial for me. Wouldn’t sound misplaced on an everyday radio rotation although.
Kyriakos: Wow this music is high quality with Aksel’s voice being the spotlight. I can’t assist and get some slight Duncan Laurence vibes from the music as an entire. It’s in all probability not as catchy as the opposite songs. It could be a music I’d personally add to my Spotify playlist although.
sixth Tika – I Let My Coronary heart Break (46 factors)
Dale: The very fact that is my ‘final’ music reveals the standard of those entries. It is a actually stable competent energy ballad that I believe will raise reside if she will nail these vocals.
Laura: This is among the largest energy ballads I’ve heard all through the complete 2020 Nationwide Ultimate season. The sparse minimalist manufacturing showcases Tika’s vocal skill, and due to this fact it is going to be these vocals which is able to outline her possibilities in UMK 2020. There are elements within the lyrics the place the stresses of phrases fall within the improper locations to a local speaker’s ear, and the lyrics find yourself sounding cliched at occasions. ‘I Let My Coronary heart Break’ could be very Eurovision-by-numbers, proper right down to the compulsory key change. There’s a very delicate line that Tika treads between singing powerfully and over-singing/shouting. That being mentioned, all of these parts mixed make for a really memorable music that sticks within the thoughts from the primary hear.
Mike: A hovering ballad that can let Tika showcase her vocal. It’s a pleasant sufficient music, however not close to the standard of what we’re seeing head to Rotterdam already.
Emma: Tika has a stunning vocal tone however that is your pretty normal Eurovision ballad which might be too related in theme to Roxen’s Alcohol You to face out.
Steven: An influence ballad breakup music harking back to tracks by a few of the world’s largest divas, with only a contact of Bond theme about it. The lyrics are pretty easy however will however resonate and almost certainly attraction. If Tika can hit these excessive notes reside, then I reckon she additionally has an opportunity at taking out the UMK crown.
Fleur: Sadgirl music. This does sound dated however it’s sung competently. Tika has voice however she doesn’t sound convincing, she doesn’t show the emotion that this music requires. I’m simply not feeling it.
Jess: With sturdy vocals and good staging, this might actually stand out from all of the bangers. I might see this as a darkish horse if performed effectively.
Kyriakos: Now I like the emotion Tika brings to this music. I can image this on the Eurovision music. It has nice construct up and the way she takes it to the following degree within the final refrain. That is one I can’t wait to see reside within the remaining.