Finland: Melanie C confirmed as special guest at UMK18

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The Spice Girls meet Eurovision! YLE, the Finnish national broadcaster, has confirmed that former Spice Girl-member, Melanie C, is set to star as a guest performer at the country’s upcoming national final for Eurovision 2018.

Just over a month to go until Finland decides their song entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, set to be performed by the nation’s first ever internally selected artist, Saara Aalto.

With song revelations for Finland’s national final, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2018, set to be unveiled from next Friday, today sees the announcement of the guest performer set to appear on the UMK stage in March.

Melanie C to perform!

With a teaser being posted by the Finnish national broadcaster, YLE, yesterday evening, this morning it has been confirmed that Melanie C will take to the stage in the coming weeks as a special guest performer at the country’s upcoming Eurovision national final.

A member of one of the most iconic girl-groups in the world, former Spice Girls-member has had success both within the band as well as as a solo artist.

Following the Spice Girls’ split in the year 2000, Melanie C pressed on with her solo career, selling over 20 million albums throughout her career and charting in the UK charts 12 times.

Some of her biggest hits in years to follow include First day of my life, I turn to you, Never be the same again and Northern star.

This is not the first time that Aalto and Mel C have shared an event together, having previously performed at the UK’s Manchester Pride back in August 2017.

Speaking of her delight at meeting the British singer-songwriter once again, Aalto revealed:

The Spice Girls have been a big influence as to why I’m here now. When I was 10 when I saw them in the telecottage, I realised that I wanted to do that, and then I began to compose songs in English. Their shows and choreography also made an unmistakable impression. They shaped my thoughts about the kind of pop that I want to be. Now it feels completely unbelievable that Mel C will be present at my show.

UMK 2018 will take place on the 3 March at the Espoo Metro Areena, in which 3 songs will battle for the right to become the next Finnish entry at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Finland will compete in the second half of the first semi-final on the 8 May, performing for a place in the final of the competition on the 12 May in the host city of Lisbon.