Saara Aalto Will Represent Finland at Eurovision 2018!

saara aalto Eurovision Finland 2016 XFactorA big announcement from Finnish broadcaster Yle today, reveals that X-Factor UK 2016 runner up, Saara Aalto will represent Finland at Eurovision 2018. The brave move means that the national selection show UMK will be pared back from its usual multiple act over a number of semi finals. Continue reading

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Saara Aalto Advances to X-Factor Top Five!

saara aalto Eurovision Finland 2016 XFactorIn the same week that Finland have announced the 10 contenders for UMK 2017, one of last year’s participants and runner up Saara Aalto has really managed to turn things around for herself on X-Factor UK. The Finnish singer has been competing in the UK’s X-Factor Series 13 and this week she advanced to the Top Five. Continue reading

Finland Confirm Format for National Selection 2017

umk 2017 Finland EurovisionFinnish broadcaster YLE have confirmed that the country will choose their song for Eurovision 2017 through their annual national selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). This year however there are to be a few changes. Continue reading

X-Factor has had its Day but Saara Aalto Impresses With Bjork Performance!

xfactor uk 2016 Eurovision NiThe thirteenth series of the X-Factor UK has been all over the place. From ridiculous selections and reshuffling for ‘entertainment’ purposes during the Six Chair Challenge, to bringing back a number of eliminated contestants who hadn’t previously got through at Judges’ Houses. Then there’s the vague themes the acts are given each week for the live shows that are not particularly subscribed to. For example how is Vanilla Ice a Diva? Unlikely star Honey G has gained a cult following, despite accusations of racial appropriation when the white female singer from London performs hits in the style of black male rappers like Tupac, Coolio and Notorious BIG. There was of course the controversy surrounding the Brooks’ ejection from the show for one of the brothers allegedly beating his girlfriend. While more recently the show has come under scrutiny for vote rigging. X-Factor continues to be very transparent, predictable, exploitative and has surely had its day. One ray of hope however was this week’s performance from UMK runner up Saara Aalto. Continue reading

Saara Aalto Progresses to Boot Camp on X-Factor UK

Saara Aalto X-FactorSinger Saara Aalto, who finished second in the Finnish Eurovision selection show UMK last year, has progressed to the Boot Camp stage of X-Factor UK following her performance of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ in Sunday night’s show. Continue reading

Sandhja Will Represent Finland in Shock Result!

Sandhja Finland Eurovision 2016After three semi final rounds over the past three weeks, Finland’s UMK Eurovision selection show staged its final earlier tonight. The act that will represent Finland at Eurovision 2016 will be: Sandhja! Continue reading

Poll Results: Norway, Finland and Sweden Results!

Norway Finland Sweden Eurovision 2016Eurovision fans will be spoilt for choice tonight with seven Eurovision selection shows to chose from. Among these shows are three of the Scandinavian nations with Finland and Norway both hosting the final of their national selections and Sweden who will deliver the fourth of their Melodifestivalen shows. All of these shows will kick off at 20:00 CET tonight, but before they do, we reveal who has topped each of the nation’s polls. Continue reading

UMK: All 9 Finalists Revealed!

Finland Eurovision 2016Finland hosted the third and final heat of their Eurovision Selection show UMK at the weekend and three more songs have progressed to the live final on 27th February. Read on to find out who advanced… Continue reading

Finland’s UMK: Semi 1 Results!

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Finland’s national selection show, UMK, got underway with its first semi final this evening. Six songs competed but only three could advance to the final. Read on to find out who went through. Continue reading

Eurovision 2016 Guide: Finland

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With nine last place finishes and failing to qualify for the finals on five occasions since the semi finals were introduced in 2004, Finland’s Eurovision history isn’t one of the greatest. Not only is Lordi’s ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ their only ever win, but it is their only top ten finish that they have had since 1989. Finland have always pushed the envelope when it comes to Eurovision. Lordi performed a rock song in garish masks, Krista Siegrids kissed another woman in 2013 amidst outcry of Russia recently passing anti-LGBT legislation and in the 2015 contest, ‘Aina mun pitää’ was performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a band whose members are all adults with developmental disabilities. So what has Finland got in store for us in 2016? Read on to find out…

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