Saara Aalto will sing ‘Monsters’ on behalf of Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. She performed three potential songs at the UMK Final in Finland, and ‘Monsters’ was voted the winner.
The winning song was written by Joy & Linnea Deb, the same composers who also wrote “Heroes” for Mans Zelmerlöw in 2015. “Monsters” was a fan favorite beforehand, but faced strong opposition from Thomas G:son’s ballad “Domino” in the final.
Check out Saara Aalto’s Eurovision 2018 song: Monsters!
ESCDaily’s chief editor Steef van Gorkum described the performance during the national final as follows:
Saara starts in a black cape and hoodie, filmed from closeby, in a dark cage with black curtains on all four sides of her. She makes some vocal errors in the first verse, but the chorus sounds solid and after it, she escapes from her cage. Now she is without the cape and hoodie, but she still wears a black outfit with red stripes on it. I like the visual dark setting with green and red blacklight effects. Vocals solid after the shaky start. Four backing dancers lift Saara up after chorus 2, but she continues singing live – impressive.
Full results of the UMK2018 final:
- “Monsters” 88 points
- “Domino” 84 points
- “Queens” 68 points
- “Monsters” 95 points
- “Domino” 75 points
- “Queens” 70 points
Saara Aalto: Finally at Eurovision after being runner-up
Saara Aalto started her career by finishing runner-up in the first season of The Voice of Finland in 2012. After that, she placed second in two editions of UMK, narrowly missing out on a Eurovision ticket. This year, she rose to international fame when she participated in UK X-factor – again finishing second.
Aalto seems excited to represent Finland in Eurovision. “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,” Saara jokes on the official Eurovision website, as she’s finished second twice in the national Eurovision selection of Finland as well as in The Voice Finland and in X Factor UK.