Earlier this month, Saara Aalto was revealed as the Finnish artist for Eurovision 2018. Today more details are emerging about her preparations for the contest.
Saara posted on Twitter that she has been working hard on potential Eurovision entries with notable Swedish songwriter, Linnea Deb. After posting a picture of the pair together, Saara responded to a question from one of her followers about the collaboration:
Oh yeees…!! Have written 4 amazing songs with @linneadeb ! We just can’t fail together
#esc2018 #eurovisionِ #SA6
The singer also confirmed that whichever song is chosen as her song to represent Finland in Eurovision 2018 will be her first international single.
Saara will present three potential Eurovision entries in the Finnish national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2018 on 3 March 2018 at the Espoo Metro Areena. Saara has past experience in UMK having placed second in 2011 with Blessed with Love and again in 2016 with No Fear. She’s also had some success outside of her native Finland after reaching the runner-up place in the UK version of The X Factor in 2016.
Linnea Deb is a Swedish songwriter, singer and producer who is a member of the production team “The Family” alongside Joy Deb and Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad. Together they wrote Eurovision 2015 winner, Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. Linnea has also co-written several other entries in the Swedish national final, Melodifestivalen, including Statements by Loreen and I Don’t Give A by Lisa Ajax from the 2017 edition.
Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points a record total at the time. Finland last performed in the final in 2014 when Softengine finished 11th with the song “Something Better”.