Krista Siegfrids — Finland’s Eurovision 2013 singer and the winner of the second edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) — can do many things. She can release hit singles such as “On & Off” and “Better On My Own“. She can convince her boyfriend to marry her. And she can even deliver a lesbian kiss felt all the way from Turkey to China. But can Krista, one of the 28 acts to sing in Melodifestivalen 2016, compete in her Melfest heat while also hosting Finland’s national selection for Eurovision?
Krista Siegfrids in Melodifestivalen 2016 — and UMK
As Krista prepares to wow audiences in Sweden, she won’t leave Finland behind completely. Earlier this month it was announced that Krista will co-host Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016, Finland’s Eurovision selection. That’s great, but there is one problem. The second deltävling of Melodifestivalen will be held in Malmö on February 13 — on the same day and time as the second semifinal of UMK. Talk about a scheduling conflict.
How will she do it?
In a video posted on UMK’s Facebook page, Krista answers that very question. She says that there is no need to worry and that everything will go swimmingly — hey, it’s easy to get between Sweden and Finland. If she’s in a pinch, she will take a helicopter from Helsinki to Malmö. It seems that Krista has planned all of this very carefully with UMK producers ahead of time. She’s a woman in control…
Krista isn’t the first artist to competing in Melodifestivalen while hosting a national final in another country.
Back in 2009 Norwegian singer Maria Haukaas-Mittet (née Storeng) participated in Melodifestivalen with “Killing Me Tenderly“. At the same time she co-hosted Melodi Grand Prix in Norway. Of course, she had one big advantage: the dates didn’t clash!
Are you excited to see Krista in Melodifestivalen? Should she be allowed to host UMK while also competing in Melodifestivalen? Tell us in the comments box below!