She’s spent the past few months writing and perfecting her three entries for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu — Finland’s Eurovision 2018 selection.
And earlier this week Saara Aalto unveiled the three costumes she’s picked for her three performances this Saturday. Bright, wild, futuristic and totally showbiz, they suggest that the final is going to be lit like never before.
“Saara’s songs, music videos and performances have been designed and made by an exceptionally skilled and international group,” UMK18 producer Anssi Autio told YLE, pointing out that the team includes Finns, Swedes, Brits, Americans and Norwegians. “In Finland, such performances have hardly ever been seen.”
Among the international stars helping Saara is Brian Friedman, the genius choreographer behind shows for Britney Spears, Beyonce and Mariah Carey, among others. Also on #TeamSaara are Lukas McFarlane and Reija Wäre — luminaries who add even more star power to her squad.
Saara’s UMK18 outfits
You can scroll through each of Saara’s UMK18 outfits in the Instagram post above.
For the “Monsters” show, Saara will slip into an incredibly bold outfit that resembles a futuristic rainbow — albeit with new shades like gold, pink and turquoise.
McFarlane told YLE that Saara will journey from a closed and isolated figure to someone loving life and glamour. Apparently there will be intense interaction between the dancers and the backdrops, and several costumes and props used by everyone on stage.
Recognising that there will be no LED at Eurovision 2018, YLE is doing away with them as well. And it seems “Domino” will make the most of this. Producer Anssi tells YLE that there will be “a massive sculpture of four-dimensional Domino blocks” that will be “an experience both on the spot and through TV”. And apparently Saara will take flight at some point.
The outfit consists of spray-on leggings that feature an ombré colouring effect, snaking from bright red at the toes to black at the waist. On top Saara wears a tightly-fitted bodice that morphs from black at the waist to diamond-studded nude at top.
And what of “Queens”? For this one Saara transforms into a futuristic diva ready to slay the universe. A shiny pink bodice is topped off with a silver overlay, which suggests she’s got her armour on and is ready to conquer the Seven Kingdoms!
As for the stage show, Saara told YLE that it’s “unique” for Finland and that it is more massive than anything Friedman created for the British X Factor.
So we’ve got to ask — which costume excites you the most? Think about the songs, examine the looks and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many looks as you want, but you can only vote one time so make it count!