Finland: Saara Aalto impresses at Lithuania’s national final

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Finland’s Eurovision 2018 representative Saara Aalto gave an energetic guest performance at last Sunday’s final of Eurovizija 2018 in Lithuania.

Since Saara Aalto and her entry Monsters were chosen to represent Finland at Eurovision 2018, both singer and song have been lauded for their modern sound and evocative symbolism. Yet following Saara Aalto’s winning performance at Finland’s selection UMK, there was also some criticism concerning her stage act, which apparently did not meet everyone’s expectations.

Being vulnerable to public scrutiny is a given for any artist, but Saara Aalto shows professionalism by turning any negativity into positive vibes: performing Monsters once again during Lithuania’s national selection final, she managed to convey exactly why her entry is such a strong contender.

Choreographer Brian Friedman presented a more stylized stage presentation for Eurovizija 2018, with more focus on Saara Aalto’s vocals. The performance was lauded in the Finnish and Lithuanian press, as Saara Aalto’s inner stage monster is peeking out of the closet, ready to throw the door wide open and own the stage in Lisbon – and there might be some surprises yet to come for Portugal.


Enjoy Saara Aalto performing Monsters at Eurovizija 2018 in Lithuania:

About Saara Aalto

Saara Sofia Aalto (Oulunsalo, Finland, 1987) is a Finnish singer-songwriter and voice actress.

Saara Aalto grew up in a musical family and started singing, and playing the piano, at a young age. She won the Kotka Maritime Festival song contest at age 11, the Charlotte Church International Singing Competition in 2003 and represented Finland at the Golden Stag International Song Contest in Romania in 2004.

She participated in the show Talent Suomi (the Finnish version of Got Talent) in 2007, placing in the top 3, and reached the 2nd place in the popular TV-show The Voice Of Finland in 2012.

Saara Aalto ventured to represent her country at Eurovision several times: in 2011 she placed 2nd with Blessed with love, and in 2016 she again reached the 2nd place with No fear.

After participating in the popular talent show The X Factor in the United Kingdom, eventually placing 2nd once again, Saara Aalto was selected to finally go to Eurovision in 2018. In the Finnish national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018 she performed three potential ESC-entries, the public and international jury panels ultimately choosing Monsters.

Privately, Saara Aalto resides with her partner Meri Sopanen in London.

Saara Aalto will perform Monsters in the second half of Semi-Final 1 on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

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