Watch now: Saara Aalto’s Eurovision 2018 entry to be decided

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Three songs, but only 1 can be crowned the winner! This evening sees the Nordic nation of Finland selecting their official song entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Which song will Saara Aalto compete with in Lisbon?

Following the earlier revelation that Saara Aalto has become the first artist to be internally selected to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest, tonight sees the singer’s song entry for the competition set to be determined in the country’s returning national final, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK).

How to watch

UMK 2018 will kick off from 18:00 CET (19:00 local time) via the following:

Three-song final

Taking place at the Espoo Metro Areena and hosted by Krista Siegfrids together with Mikko Silvennoinen, Finland’s official song entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is set to be determined tonight.

Whilst the nation will be using its usual selection process for this year’s competition, UMK, 2018 sees changes to how the country’s entry will be selected for the competition, with artist Saara Aalto having been internally selected back in November.

Last month, each of the 3 competing UMK entries were released publicly for the first time, with both the public and jury set to determine the country’s eventual entry later tonight.

The bidding songs

Check out each of the competing entries ahead of tonight’s UMK final!

  • Monsters (Composed by Saara Aalto, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Ki Fitzgerald)
  • Domino (Composed by Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Johnny Sanchez, Will Taylor, Saara Aalto)
  • Queens (Composed by Farley Arvidsson, Charlie Walshe, Tom Aspaul, Saara Aalto)

Notably, Aalto herself has played a part in each of the 3 bidding entries, having co-written each of the above songs.

As with previous years, the winning UMK entry will be determined via a 50/50 combined public and international jury vote; the song which receives the highest percentage of the votes will become Finland’s next song entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, this year taking place in the host city of Lisbon.

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