The staging for “Monsters” by Saara Aalto has been completely reworked ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest next month in Lisbon, Portugal.
The staging for Finland’s Eurovision 2018 entry “Monsters” has undergone a complete rework since it was selected in February. Saara Aalto has been working with Brian Friedman and his creative team to create a new look for the contest in Lisbon. Friedman had been behind each of the three different performances in UMK 2018.
Saara expressed her joy with the planned performance stating it’s;
Absolutely amazing, pretty soon I dream beside the Eurovision Song Contest! That I’ve been waiting for so many years. Now it is like still the last exercises and changing arrangements before the Lisbon calls. It seems that the renewed proposal is all great, so I feel calm and confident.
While Producer Annsi Autio added;
We’ve done a lot of work to get the most spectacular and suitable show for the songs. Now we can really go to the finish line and rank as high as possible on the left side of the scoreboard.
Finland decided that Saara Aalto will take the song “Monsters” to the Eurovision stage in Lisbon this May. The show was a special edition of ‘Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu’ (‘UMK’), which is used annually to choose Finland’s Eurovision entry; however, this year the show was used to select Saara Aalto’s song for Lisbon, following an internal artist selection by the broadcaster, YLE.
Saara will take to the Eurovision stage on 8th May for the first semi-final, where she will be performing in the second half of the show. Her participation follows two previously unsuccessful attempts to represent Finland at Eurovision. In 2011 she participated in Finland’s selection with Blessed with Love, and in 2016 she performed No Fear. Both songs finished in second place in their respective finals. In 2016, Saara also participated in the UK version of The X Factor, where she also finished in second place.
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”.