The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has ventured to the north of Europe. Our destination, the breathtaking landscape of Finland. Unlike most of the other national finals, at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Wiwi Jury does not have to choose its favourite singer. Saara Aalto will be going to Eurovision — all that remains to be chosen is her song.
Today the Wiwi Jury gathered in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, to review “Monsters”. Did the Wiwi Jury find its army strong? Or were we left so numb we couldn’t feel it? Read on to find out.
Saara Aalto – “Monsters”
Antranig: Saara’s “Monsters” is very Lady Gaga around the “Born This Way” era with LGBT anthem written all over it. Yet this sounds very current and extremely radio friendly. This is clearly Saara’s best option out of her three songs and this is a lock for Eurovision Top 10 at the absolute minimum. The only challenge will be replicating the energy of the music video in her live performance. If Saara can do that, she might be strutting her stuff down to the trophy. “Monsters” is clearly the best song of the national final season.
Robyn: Eurovision 2018 is in desperate need of a bop and Saara Aalto has provided the perfect one. “Monsters” is amazing. It harnesses the strengths of Saara and creates a super catchy tune that creates layers of story and drama. The song has a contemporary sound but isn’t beholden to trends. And who doesn’t want to be part of Saara’s army? In a sea of “keeping it real” ballads in Lisbon, “Monsters” will stand out and slay.
Josh: Honey, oh honey. Someone hand this queen her crown. A perfect combination of a pop banger with a spooky underpinning, “Monsters” gives me life, a little bit of death, and everything in between. It’s current and radio-friendly but still quintessentially Saara, incorporating elements of camp and fun. This slays on multiple levels. The old Josh can’t come to the phone right now, ’cause he’s dead.
Cinan: I am absolutely serious — my wig was snatched at 00:05 of the song! ”Monsters” for me it is like a hymn. They should play it in every school in Finland. Perfectly produced, every time I listen to it, I feel like I’m becoming stronger and stronger. I love when a song makes me feel like this because it’s so motivating. I can easily imagine what the staging could be if they choose ”Monsters”, and of course this can absolutely win the whole thing and bring us back to Finland after 11 years. Saara, keep slaying, honey — you are and amazing vocalist!
Natalie: Yay! Epic Love Pop! This is exactly the sort of song that created all the hype around Saara in the first place. She does this strong woman house thing so incredibly well, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her. Her voice feels very mature and strong but still genuine, she’s got so much determination here. And those awesome house beats are so infectious and exciting around the theme of letting go of trauma. I feel that it could be pushed a little bit further, maybe have a little bit more energy, but still – Saara, you go girl.
Luis: “Monsters” is the only option for Finland. While it’s nothing new, Saara handles this song perfectly, and she elevates what otherwise would be a slightly dated entry. The good thing about “Monsters” is that, apart from being a bop, it’s cross-generational. There are reminiscences of this decade and the three previous ones, so it makes it really accessible to everyone. The Finns shouldn’t have trouble qualifying with this one.
In our Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018 Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 7.5 and a high of 10.