Tickets for the Finnish national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2018 have now gone on sale.
Finnish broadcaster YLE have announced that tickets for UMK 2018 have now gone on sale. The format for UMK is different this year as YLE have already internally selected Saara Aalto to represent the country, and the show will be used purely to decide which song she will sing in Lisbon. Saara will compete at UMK with a total of three songs. A combined vote from the international juries and televote will decide which of these three songs she will sing at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Liput #UMK18 Saara Aalto -tapahtumaan @MetroAreena'lle 3.3.-18 ovat myynnissa nyt ja luvassa on näyttävä koko illan show! Tule kannustamaan Saaraa ja hanki eturivin paikat tästä: https://t.co/2GIr0rOf8z @saaraaalto @LiveNationFI #Euroviisut #ESC2018 #liput pic.twitter.com/XX1e2qXJp1
— UMK (@Yle_UMK) November 14, 2017
For the third time, Krista Siegfrids (Finland, Eurovision 2013) will host UMK. She will be joined by Mikko Silvennoinen, the Finnish voice of Eurovision on YLE. UMK 2018 will take place at the Espoo Metro Areena on March 3rd. Tickets can be bought here.
When discussing UMK, Saara Aalto said:
I know that this journey is going to be fantastic regardless of the results of the actual competition. I’m of course jumping right in with the attitude that I can win the Eurovision Song Contest – or at least finish in second place! That’s something I’ve been great at, no doubt about it.
Finland will be hoping to reach the Grand Final of Eurovision for the first time since 2014 when Softengine qualified for the final in Copenhagen. Despite being somewhat of a fan favourite in 2017, Norma John failed to get past the semi-final stage in Kyiv with Blackbird.
Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points a record total at the time. Finland last performed in the final in 2014 when Softengine finished 11th with the song “Something Better”.