Finland has recorded their highest viewing figures for a Eurovision final since the 2014 contest, following Saara’s qualification in this years contest.
An average of 976,000 viewers watched on Saturday night as Finland competed in their first Eurovision final since the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Saara Aalto’s qualification for the final with the song “Monsters” saw a total of 2,118,000 people watch at least one minute of the show. The viewing figures recorded are the highest since Softengine represented Finland in 2014. Finland finished 25th in the final with 46 points.
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.
Her participation followed 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.