At the Finnish national final, Saara Aalto was strapped to a wheel for her song “Domino” and she worked a high-rise staircase for “Queens”. And today during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2018 she borrowed elements for both in what is a much cleaner and dynamic performance of “Monsters”.
The X Factor alum starts the performance spinning on a black platform with white carvings and we see her dancers — who wear military-inspired outfits — voguing in the foreground. Saara eventually unbuckles and proceeds to work every inch of the runway — voguing, swinging her arms in circles and dipping like it’s nobody’s business. Towards the end of the act she climbs the stairs as a pyro shower unfurls. And then our girl pulls out a sparkling flare to announce just how much she’s moved from darkness to light. Empowered and emboldened, she turns backwards and falls into the arms of her army down below.
In recent weeks many have questioned whether Saara could make the final. But after today’s rehearsal — which took the performance from circus to Cirque du Soleil — I’m confident she will. This is one of the few rehearsals where the vision seems fully realised.
Saara Aalto — “Monsters”: Reviews and Reactions
Finland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
Finland: First press conference 2018
Photo & Footage: EBU & RTP (Thomas Hanses)