FINLAND – It’s all gearing up for the Finnish song selection, at the Espoo Arena in Helsinki and Saara Aalto is more than excited. Not only because she considers her three bidding songs as masterpieces (after all she worked very hard for them) but because she had the pleasure to announce the special guest star of the night.
Thee big guest star of the evening is going to be former Spice Girls member. She is one of the five members of the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Sporty Spice and with whom she sold over 85 million records worldwide. Chisholm (as her real name is) began her solo career in late 1998 by singing with Canadian rock singer Bryan Adams on the worldwide hit “When You’re Gone”. Her solo debut album Northern Star was released in 1999, reaching number 1 in Sweden and number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. It was certified internationally with seven platinum and three gold certifications, including triple-Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry, selling over 4 million copies worldwide, and becoming the best selling solo album of any Spice Girls member. It produced four top 5s and a top 20 single, two of which reached the number 1 spot in the UK. The album was certified multi-platinum worldwide.
Saara Aalto though has made an equally big steps on her way to stardom. Aalto auditioned for the thirteenth UK series of The X Factor in 2016, singing a cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”, which earned her three yeses from the attending judges. At the boot camp, she performed “On the Radio” by Donna Summer and was sent through as part of the over-25s category with Sharon Osbourne as her mentor. At the six-chair challenge, she performed “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran and was sent home by Osbourne who stated a lack of connection. However, after the crowd chanted to bring her back, Aalto was given a chance to perform Serge Lama’s “Je Suis Malade”, which caused the crowd to turn on her, while Nicole Scherzinger criticized her song choice stating “we ain’t in France”. Aalto was therefore asked to leave by Osbourne.
Aalto was brought back as Scherzinger’s wildcard pick for the over-25s category and therefore went to judges’ houses. She managed to proceed until the final. In the Final on 11 December, she performed “It’s Oh So Quiet” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”. In the ensuing public vote, she placed as the runner-up to eventual winner Matt Terry with 40.4% of the votes.
FINLAND – Saara Aalto, internally selected by YLE for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest recently confirmed she concluded the recording and production of her songs and now she is ready to reveal them to us. Starting from February 9th, every week one song will be aired on the web.
Finland will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The entry will be selected in the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018 on 3 March 2018, where all three entries will be performed by the singer Saara Aalto who was internally selected by the Finnish broadcaster Yle on 7 November 2017 to perform the nation’s entry at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Finnish national broadcaster, Yleisradio (Yle), broadcasts the event within Finland and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Yle confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on 28 January 2017. Finland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected through national final competitions that have varied in format over the years.
Between 1961 and 2011, a selection show that was often titled Euroviisukarsinta highlighted that the purpose of the program was to select a song for Eurovision.
However, since 2012, the broadcaster has organised the selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), which focuses on showcasing new music with the winning song being selected as the Finnish contest entry for that year. Along with their participation confirmation, the broadcaster also announced that the Finnish entry for the 2018 contest would be selected through Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018.
FINLAND – Finnish national broadcaster finally did the smart move and internally selected Saara Aalto, the woman who made huge media impact with her participation in the UK X-Factor last year.
But in the meantime YLE has to deal with their call for songs for the 2018 edition of UMK, the show through which the previous years Finland selected its entries and artists for the Eurovision Song Contest.
YLE has proudly announced they have received over 300 songs for UMK 2018. Since YLE made internal selection those submitted the songs are free to publish their entries as UMK 2018 will be used to select the song for Saara Aalto.
UMK 2018 will take place on March 3rd at Espoo Metro Arena where international jury and public voting will decide the song for Saara Aalto’s Lisbon venture.
Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013) will host the show along with Mikko Silvennoinen by YLE.
Hi! We received over 300 songs, the applicants are free to publish their work and some most likely have already published it by themselves.
— UMK (@Yle_UMK) November 7, 2017
FINLAND – In a surprise announcement which was suppose to be for the 2018 UMK participants, YLE announced Saara Aalto as internally selected for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Krista Siegfrids and Mikko Silvennoinen hosted the press conference and a video tribute to Sara was also aired. Sara was excited for the announcement. Her song will be decided through a revamped Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK).
Saara Sofia Aalto is a Finnish singer, songwriter, and voice actress. She placed second in the first season of The Voice of Finland in 2012. Aalto also competed in the Finnish national selection to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, with self-penned songs; first in 2011 with “Blessed with Love” and then in 2016 with “No Fear”, placing second both times. She has taken part in musicals on stage and has done a great number of dubbings for feature films and foreign television series. Saara Aalto is the voice of Princess Anna in the Finnish version of Disney’s animated movie Frozen. She has dueted with Adam Lambert, and had concerts together with Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras and pianist Robert Wells. She has published 5 albums with her own record label Yume Records.
In 2016, Aalto came runner-up in the thirteenth series of The X Factor UK, which gained her worldwide recognition. Every fourth Finn watched The X Factor final. Aalto was the most googled person in Finland in 2016. Tabloid newspaper Iltalehti readers voted Saara Aalto as Finnish person of the year 2016. Following the show, she was signed to both Sony Music UK and Finland. In June 2017, Aalto announced via social media that she will be a judge on season two of X Factor Suomi. Four months later, Aalto announced she had left Sony Music for Warner Music Group, citing that her previous deal did not feel like the “right team.”
FINLAND – Emma, participant in the 2017 Finnish national selections UMK, ending up third spoke recently via a video on her Youtube channel about her participation and experience in the contest. She explains that she tried to make this video sooner but she ended up crying all the time, an obvious sign that she had a depression from her UMK experience. Despite coming up third she feels depressed about her experience and performance at UMK 2017. She described her performance as bad, drowning and with bad vocals as a result of her loosing control of herself, she says.
She feels good singer and professional and somehow she wants to apologise to the Eurovision fans and her fans for that performance. Maybe she is preparing a comeback for the 2018 Finnish national selection? The good thing is that the video concludes with her stating that this experience will not define her as a person along with the hate she received after her performance.
FINLAND – In 2013 Krista Siegfrids represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Marry Me”. It was a message to her boyfriend to finally propose to her. She even kissed a girl on stage stressing to her boyfriend that she will move on if he doesn’t propose her.
An action which cause the reactions of Russia and Turkey with the later, not broadcasting the semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest due to her girl-to-girl kiss!
But finally things turned out straight: Krista got proposed and finally married to Janne Grönroos.
Krista said: “I wanna tell the world that I finally married Janne, the love of my life! I know that you have been waiting since 2013. We got married in my beautiful hometown Kaskinen and it was PERFECT! It was the best day of my life and I’m so grateful and happy. I did everything for him that I sang in Marry Me… except for one little thing… I did not change my last name!”
Siegfrids has presented Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Finnish national selection show for Eurovision since 2016. At the same time she participated in the Swedish national selection show Melodifestivalen 2016 with the song “Faller”, but did not advance from second semifinal after placing fifth. In September, she signed a contract with Universal Music Sweden and Stereoscope Scandinavia. She participated in third semifinal Melodifestivalen 2017 with the song “Snurra min jord”, but did not advance after placing seventh.
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FINLAND – Seija Simola (25 September 1944 Helsinki – 20 August 2017) was a Finnish singer. She began her career musical in the mid-1960s in the band Eero Seija & Kristian Trio, and her debut solo album was released in 1970: Seija Simola 1. In 1978, she represented Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) at the Eurovision Song Contest 1978. There she performed the entry Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus (Give love a chance), on 22 April 1978. The song finished in the 18th position with a total of two points. Despite this poor result, Simola continued a long and successful career in her native Finland.