She’s the Finnish songstress who has been internally selected to represent her country in Lisbon. Now Saara Aalto has revealed she’s on her way to selecting the three songs she’ll take to the Finland‘s national final on 3 March. Saara Aalto has been hard at work writing songs with “Heroes” co-writer Linnea Deb.
When Saara was confirmed as Finland’s artist for Eurovision 2018, broadcaster YLE revealed how her song would be selected. Saara will perform three different songs in the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. The Finnish public and an international jury will vote to choose the winner.
And now it seems that Saara has been busy writing songs. She revealed on Twitter today that she’s been writing with Swedish songwriter Linnea Deb.
Saara excitedly wrote, “Have written 4 amazing songs with @linneadeb”. She seemed excited about the new creations and wrote, “We just can’t fail together”.
Linnea Deb has also shared photos of her and Saara together in the studio.
A recent Instagram post showed Saara and Linnea alongside the Finnish songwriter and producer Matias Keskiruokanen. He’s previously worked with Saara before, and worked on the production of her 2016 UMK entry “No Fear”.
And Saara also shared a photo of her and Linnea serving snow fairy realness, snuggled up against the cold Helsinki winter.
It’s not known how many of the four songs — if any — will end up in the Finnish national final in March. It’s also not clear if Saara Aalto will work with any other songwriters as part of her UMK songwriting process.
Linnea Deb’s songwriting history
Linnea Deb is a prolific and successful songwriter. She is part of The Family songwriting collective, along with husband Joy Deb and Anton Hård af Segerstad.
Her first Melodifestivalen win was Robyn Stjerbergs “You”, which went on to place 14th at Eurovision 2013. At Melfest 2014, Linnea’s “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” gave Ace Wilder a second-place finish.
But in 2015, things got serious. The Family wrote “Heroes” for Måns Zelmerlöw. As well as giving him a long sought after Melfest victory, Måns then went on to win Eurovision 2015.
The Family later wrote Melfest entries for Isa, Lisa, Ajax and Molly Pettersson Hammar, as well as Loreen’s game-changing Melfest single “Statements”.
Working with other songwriters, in 2016 Linnea Deb also co-wrote Margaret’s Krajowe Eliminacje entry “Cool Me Down”. The song did not win the Polish national final, but it became a huge fan favourite.
With the combination of Linnea Deb’s songwriting expertise and Saara Aalto’s talent as both a songwriter and a performer, Finland is surely counting on the pair to come up with some killer tunes for UMK.
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