She’s the Finnish diva who placed second in the 2016 series of The X Factor UK. But now it looks like another of Saara Aalto‘s big dreams might be coming true. She has revealed that the BBC has approached her to take part in the UK‘s Eurovision campaign for 2018.
Speaking to The Sun, Saara Aalto confirmed that discussions have been taking place.
There have been talks with the BBC, they really want me to do it.
I love Eurovision so I have been searching for the right opportunity to be part of it. It’s just whether I should do it for the UK or Finland or some other country. But the UK is my home now.
It would be quite fun, Eurovision has always been a dream of mine.
It wouldn’t be as simple as the BBC internally selecting Saara. She would need to enter and win the UK’s national selection, Eurovision: You Decide.
But there’s plenty of crossover between Saara’s UK X Factor fans and British Eurovision fans. If she brought the right song to the national final, she stands a good chance of winning the British ticket to Lisbon.
The only question is — how would Finns feel about it? Would it be 12 points to their home girl? Or a burning sense of betrayal?
Saara Aalto’s Eurovision dream
Saara has made three previous attempts at representing Finland at Eurovision.
In 2010, she missed out winning the online wildcard for Euroviisut 2010 with her song “Meant to Be”. The following year she won the online vote and made it to the live shows of Euroviisut 2011 with “Blessed with Love”. She made it to the superfinal and narrowly missed out winning to Paradise Oscar.
In 2016 Saara returned to Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu with “No Fear”. She made it to the grand final, but despite winning the public televote, she again finished in second place, thanks to the jury who prefered Sandja’s “Sing It Away”.
“No Fear” has remained a favourite of Saara’s fans and she regularly plays it in her UK gigs.
Wiwibloggs caught up with Saara last year on the eve of the X Factor final. William and Saara chatted about Eurovision, with Saara saying she wished it was May already.
William also asked Saara if she had any plans to return to the Finnish national final UMK. She said, “Well, maybe. Maybe sometime later, yeah.”
Regardless of her Eurovision plans, Saara is keeping busy in Britain. She’s recently signed to Warner Music and is working on her new album.
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