She has built up a lot of hype as she released three impressive entries throughout February. Now, Saara Aalto knows which song she will perform in Lisbon in May. Following the final of UMK 2018, Finland has chosen “Monsters” as Saara’s song for Eurovision 2018.
Saara Aalto — “Monsters”
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UMK 2018 performances
“Monsters” takes us on a journey from darkness to light. The performances begins with Saara veiled in black, signing in a box that represents her isolation and fears. Her skin looks white, her expressions cold and it’s all very Goth. But as the song progresses she breaks free and into an explosion of colour.
She dances with liberating angels — black wings, firm abs — and at white point she falls into her back and into their arms being lifted into the air. There’s a thin line between Halloween and high fashion, but thankfully she fell on the right side.
“Domino” is a pure song with a simple message — and the staging accurately captures that. Saara stands before five larger-than-life dominos with red lighting along the edges. At various times they fall while she remains strapped to the one at centre. The climax comes when her Domino rises into the air and flips 360 degrees while she still sings.
The “Queens” video was bonkers and over the top …and so is this. Saara works with an illuminated staircase, stomping her way down and up and to and from her throne. Of all the performances this one feels the most X Factor.
We were also treated to a performance by Melanie C of the Spice Girls. Sporty Spice performed her song “I Turn To You” as the interval act while voting took place.
UMK 2018 results
The results were determined by a combined jury and televote. In the end, both the jury and televote gave their support to “Monsters”, with “Domino” a clear second ahead of “Queens”. Our poll was right, y’all!
UMK 2018 international jury
The jury consisted of eight members from eight countries, including our very own William Lee Adams for the United Kingdom.
Estonia — Leena Kuurma (singer, represented Switzerland as part of Vanilla Ninja in 2005)
France — Edoardo Grassi (head of delegation)
Iceland — Hera Björk (singer, Eurovision 2010 representative)
Italy — Kabir Naidoo (head of press)
Norway — Stig Karlsen (head of delegation)
Portugal — Suzy (singer, Eurovision 2014 representative)
Switzerland — Reto Peritz (head of delegation)
United Kingdom — William Lee Adams (editor, wiwibloggs)
What did you think of Saara’s live performances? Did the right song win? Let us know in the comments below.