Last Friday all eyes in Lisbon turned to the Trumps Club as Finland’s Eurovision 2018 act Saara Aalto made a special appearance ahead of the Eurovision extravaganza in May.
Ahead of the show the X-Factor UK runner-up invited us backstage to discover what she’d been up to in Portugal and what we can expect from her Eurovision performance.
The Finnish ice queen flew all the way from Helsinki to record her postcard in the beautiful landscapes of the Algarve — a popular tourist destination known for stunning views and an easy-does-it lifestyle. While she isn’t allowed to tell us what she filmed in the South of Portugal, Saara teased that it was a very challenging experience.
“I did something that I’m very, very bad at,” she says with a laugh. “They thought I could do it and I couldn’t and they were like: oh, she actually cannot do it. We had to change the plan a little bit but I think it’s going to be quite funny.”
Biking? Surfing? Riding dolphins? We can’t wait to find out what happened…and what didn’t!
Saara loves entertaining the masses, so naturally she didn’t miss the opportunity to perform for her fans. She turned up and turned out at Trumps Club, reminding us all why she’s a fan favourite.
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“Now that I’m here, why not?” she tells us of her performance at the club. “I want to meet all the Portuguese fans and people. The best part of this whole job is meeting new people, singing to them and connecting with them. I think these clubs are the perfect places to really see people. When you perform in Eurovision, everyone is far away. These performances are different. You’re really close to people, I love it.”
Does she have plans to change her “Monsters” staging, which we first saw at Finland’s UMK in March? Yes.
She says: “I’m going to change everything.”
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) March 19, 2018
Before heading to the Eurovision stage, Saara Aalto will headline a concert in London. She shared the “Eurovision Wonderland” excitement with us as well.
“It’s the first time I’m going to sing the songs from my new album, so it’s kind of launching my new album and launching this Eurovision journey. It will be a very special evening for me and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I’m glad it’s in the UK, in London. It’s the place where it all kind of happened.”
Was so happy to give my 12 points to @saaraaalto's "Monsters" last night during Finland's @Yle_UMK ?? Fantastic show, fabulous singer, quirky staging and a lot of heart. Thank you for having me…and good luck at #eurovision! #umk18 #AllAboard #ESC2018 pic.twitter.com/qGGDOGl8XB
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) March 4, 2018
SAARA AALTO’S ROAD TO EUROVISION
Saara was selected to represent Finland back in November 2017, but her song “Monsters” was only selected a few weeks ago.
In a change to the norm, this year’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu only involved Saara and acted as a selection to decide which song she should sing.
Saara has yet to confirm any appearances at preview parties including Eurovision In Concert and The London Eurovision Party.
In recent years Finnish acts including Norma John and Krista Siegfrids have appeared at Eurovision Preview Parties across the continent.
Finish broadcaster YLE will hope they can make it to the Grand Final this year, after three non-qualifications in a row.
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