The second artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Saara Aalto from Finland.
At the beginning of November last year, it was announced that 30-year-old Saara Aalto would represent Finland at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Saara Aalto was born on 2nd May 1987 in Oulunsalo, Finland. Even from being young, Saara was musically focused due to her family’s interest in music and had even written her first song at just five years old. Since the age of eleven, she has gone on to win several competitions, including the Kotka Maritime Festival song contest for children, which she entered with her own composition. Not only does she talk and sing in her native language Finnish, but she has recorded a popular cover of “Let It Go”, which is sung in a total of 15 different languages.
Saara is no stranger to the Finnish selection at the Eurovision Song Contest, as she has entered the competition twice. In 2011, she placed second with her song “Blessed with Love”, and she received the same placing in UMK 2016 with her song “No Fear”. Last year she also took part in The X Factor UK, where she placed second.
Saara Aalto will represent Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. She was internally selected by Finnish broadcaster YLE, but her song was later chosen at the televised selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. She will be singing “Monsters”.
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”.