Finland’s Saara Aalto has moved to ninth favourite to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Following her first rehearsal on the stage this afternoon, Saara Aalto has moved from 12th to 9th favourite to win the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. However, she still remains 11th in the odds to qualify from her semi-final. More changed occurred this morning in the odds as Jessica Mauboy passed Equinox to become the third favourite to win.
The current top five in the odds is as follows:
- Israel – Netta – Toy
- France – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
- Australia – Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love
- Bulgaria – Equinox – Bones
- Estonia – Elina Nechayeva – La Forza
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”.