Semi-Final 1 of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016 has now come and gone. The first six contestants took the stage and tried their best to convince the Finnish public that they deserved one of the three spots in the final. As they debated who to support, the hosts Krista Siegfrids and Roope Salminen performed their duet song with massive show, including a kiss between Roope and a male dancer.
In the end three artists emerged victorious and qualified for the final: Saara Aalto, Stella Christine and Eini. Two of them also were among the Wiwi Jury’s favourites to qualify from the first heat, while you voted these three as the best songs from the first heat.
Our jury had plenty of nice things to say, most especially about Saara. As one juror wrote ahead of the show: “Ethereal and elegant whilst also being catchy, ‘No Fear’ is a well-considered entry from Saara Aalto. Out of nowhere the song transforms into a dancefloor anthem, perfectly ripe for a high-energy dance routine on the Stockholm stage. I can see why some people find Saara’s vibrato on the title phrase slightly grating, but I think the strength of the song makes up for any annoying vocal quirks.”
UMK 2016: First semifinal results
Finalists are in bold
Saara Aalto – “No Fear”
Mikko Herranen – “Evil Tone”
Stella Christine – “Ain’t Got Time For Boys”
Eini – “Draamaa”
ClemSO – “Thief”
Pää-Äijät – “Shamppanjataivas”
Next week six more acts will sing in the second semifinal. They are Attention 2, Cristal Snow, Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom, Rafaela Truda, Ylona and Mikael Saari. Wiwi Jury will once again review all the songs from the next semifinal, starting on tomorrow.
Saara Aalto interview
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