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Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013) turned down Melodifestivalen

Krista Siegfrids said NO when she was offered to take part in Melodifestivalen, the popular Swedish music competition.  Krista Siegfrids is no stranger to the Eurovision world, the 29-year old star represented Finland in 2013 with the song “Marry Me”. However, the energetic singer decided not to take part. The question is: Why is that? Siegfrids explained:  “I was approached …

Finland: UMK participants leaked on Spotify

For those who want to avoid spoilers you may wish to avoid reading this article. The eighteen artists set to take part in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2015 (UMK) have had their identities and song titles leaked by Spotify in Finland, six days before the official reveal was expected in a press release on 13th January. The selection features a healthy …

Finland: UMK 2015 starts February 7th

The Finnish broadcaster Yle released a teaser on Youtube about the upcoming National Selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu a.k.a. UMK. This is what we know so far: – The selection process will kick off February 7th, 2015. – 18 acts will take part in this year’s National Selection – The participants will be revealed on January 13th at 13:00 – Half of the …

39 countries represented in Eurovision 2015

The EBU has confirmed that 39 countries will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, hosted between 19-23 May in Vienna, Austria. The number is two up on last year, representing the first increase in participation since Germany’s hosting in 2011. Amongst the participants is a surprising return from Czech Republic, who will take part for the first time …

Softengine “We Created The World” album review

One of the promising young stars of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 released their debut album on Friday. Finland’s Softengine achieved their country’s best result in 8 years with their anthemic “Something Better” and their first release acts as a statement to show that their success was not a fluke; Softengine might just be one of the most exciting acts …

Finland: Softengine album out October 17

Finland’s representatives in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have announced that their debut album will be released October 17th, shipping worldwide. The young rock band’s album will consist of 11 songs and although unconfirmed, it seems likely it will include their Eurovision entry “Something Better” and latest single “Yellow House”. The band has also announced that they are now a …

Nordic countries: Submissions open!

If you live in one of the Nordic countries or you fancy your chances at representing Sweden, Finland or Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, now is your chance to take part! The submission processes for Melodifestivalen (Sweden), UMK (Finland) and Melodi Grand Prix (Denmark) have now opened, but if you’re an aspiring Nordic artist or songwriter you …

UPDATE: Eurovision 2014 stars release new music

It’s been over two months since the grand final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen in May. Which artists have come up with new material since then? ESC United will give you an overview of new singles and albums released by this year’s Eurovision stars! Finland: Softengine The indie rockers from Finland achieved a very decent …

Finland: UMK final set for March 2015

Finnish broadcaster YLE has announced the rules for the upcoming edition of their selection process, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, and that the final of the program will take place much later in the year than previously, in March 2015. The application process for songwriters and artists to send in their artists will begin on 1st September 2015 at 12am CET and …

Live from Copenhagen: Interview with Softengine (Finland)

Softengine talked to ESC United and shared some interesting details with us. Make sure to check it out and join the convo HERE and chat with hundreds of Eurovision fans. Finland will rehearse again this Saturday so stay tuned for additional information!!!!   [vsw id=”j2GjAJcqIjM” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]

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