Finland 2018 🇫🇮 a spice girl guest star in UMK final!
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
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.