Be still our Eurofan hearts! Today the BBC have released a video of Finland’s Saara Aalto and the United Kingdom’s SuRie being euro-besties, making us all wish we could also be there sipping tea and then snapping pics to share in our private chat later (oh please say this will be a ‘thing’!).

The video shows the fierce duo walking along the streets of Camden, north London, before heading off to a recording session, teasing the idea that we could be getting a duet from the pair soon. Saara rocks typically eccentric shiny boots with an epic pink coat, whilst SuRie looks geek-chic in a big coat and sneakers, whilst bringing her enviable hair-game.This will be great news to all of the fandom, but particularly those who followed Saara’s journey through X Factor where she came second to Matt Terry.

The two ladies did the quintessentially British thing of chatting over tea, discussing Saara’s experience with UMK – when she came second in 2016 with the song “No Fear”, and then SuRie’s involvement with the grand final itself, when she backed both Loïc Nottet and Blanche in 2015 and 2017 respectively. As they chatted, they made comments about how they are hoping to beat the second and fourth places they are used to…and to win together? Whilst this is, of course, not possible, that is a stage show we would LOVE to see!

As a sign of their rising profiles, the pair landed in the MailOnline’s sidebar of shame — aka its clickbait celebrity coverage. Our favourite caption? “Dishing all: The X Factor star put on a leggy display in a faux fur pink jacket as she mingled with her pal – hot on the heels of admitting that she’s ‘proud to be a lesbian’.”

Indeed, the clip comes just after Saara spoke of her pride in being a lesbian woman. Her relationship, and subsequent engagement to her now-manager Meri Sopanen, has been public since her appearance on The X Factor UK, and she has never been shy of posting about her love for her fiancée, even proposing through a tweet back in March 2017!

We can’t wait to see what these two amazing, fierce singers bring to the stage in Lisbon and, of course, we are crossing all our fingers and toes hoping this #SaaRie collaboration comes out soon! Will you be voting for “Monsters” or “Storm” in May? Let us know in the comments below!

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Methi
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Methi

I am lesbian too. I support Sara and I wish to her all the best in her personal life and career. Love from Slovenia.

Stevo dale
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Stevo dale

Russia is jealous coz their lesbians and women look like olympic weight lifters and tatu had penises

Pluma
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Pluma

You know a lot about Russia and especially abour Russian lesbians and women. Where from?

Lada
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Lada

You know nothing Jon Snow )))))

Jonas
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Jonas

Actually, Ari, gay pride is extremely important. Think back to a time not too long ago when gay people were kept hidden away, too scared to acknowledge their true selves, demonized and ridiculed, driven to self-hate and even suicide. This still exists today. Pride celebrations are absolutely vital so that people struggling with their sexuality can see that yes, it is okay, and no, they are not alone. Visibility is crucial.

Your comment reeks with ignorance. Please wise up and try to see things from a different perspective.

Jonas
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Jonas

I can see now that other commenters have posted the same thing, but this point can’t be stressed enough, so whatever.

Ari
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Ari

The law is important. And the law does not get changed through a silly parade. Normalcy happens when more and more people treat different sexual orientations for what they really are – nothing special. It has nothing to do with pride, so no, I do not subscribe to your terms.
And why would I wise up? You clearly are wise enough for the both of us with your intolerant political correctness agenda calling everyone with a different worldview ignorant.

Bring
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Bring

Poli Genova is very pretty

Bring
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Bring

She is not welcome in russia

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

Who the hell wants to go there anyway?

lluussoo
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lluussoo

Russia is not welcome.

Yulia ftw
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Yulia ftw

so far she’s welcome but she’s probably predudiced like that Ireland guy so nah we dont need her))))))

Plum
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Plum

Another time when Russia is guilty of something “highly possible” but not proven. OK, don’t worry, we’re used to not taking it personally))

Stevo dale
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Stevo dale

Who cares about russia shove a nuke up putins ass

Pancake
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Pancake

Who wants to go to Russia? The only things to see there are homophobia and snow.

lluussoo
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lluussoo

You really don’t know what Gay Pride means, do you? That’s sad…
Read this, please (Gay Pride for starters): https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/15/why-gay-pride-matters-_n_5493379.html

Mony
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Mony

Wake up guys, it’s not like she’s a global superstar and everyone knows her… Besides Scandinavian countries and UK she is unknown in ex Soviet countries and ex Yugoslavian countries and Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova and so on. So stop with this propaganda “Leave Britney alone” type. As an artist she has to suffer criticism, too! And yes, her song is a flop! She’s going down in rhe polls, as everyone expected a masterpiece suitable with her amazing voice, not a common radio trash. Just saying, it is not impossible for Finland to stay in the semifinal, it will not be… Read more »

Gin
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Gin

Triggered much?

Interesting how many reply to Saara’s comment of being proud to be a lesbian with “her song is trash and she will stay in the semifinals”.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Saara has been an icon for many years, and will continue to be so. I’m sure she and Meri know what they’re doing. They want her fans to be 100% supportive of both her career and her whole life, and often the best way of driving the haters away is to say that you’re “proud”. It’s actually quite the clever strategy. Love to them both. 🙂

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

She doesn’t need any sympathy votes – she is just doing a good job besides her singing career so jerks like you could maybe get a proper education about sexual minorities, but what becomes to you, I think it all is in vain. She came out for years ago and that is not a news to anybody, anymore.

Ari
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Ari

Seek help.

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

That must be note to yourself. Yes, please do.

Ari
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Ari

It’s my own fault. I have to stop reacting to mental cases. I’m sure there will be a straightjacket waiting for once Finland has not won this year’s Eurovision. Don’t worry, help is coming. 😉

Ari
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Ari

* waiting for you

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

The dark parody of humour would be funny, except that mental illness happens to be a very serious topic and struggle for some people.

lovely
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lovely

she came out long ago so no need to promote personal life over & over again

Opinion
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Opinion

Saara is doing a bad job because she is promoting an abnormal lifestyle.

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

In the civilized Europe, the western and middle, homophobia like yours is concidered as abnormal.

Opinion
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Opinion

Europe is not civilized, because it lives not civilized. No one is afraid of people, only does not support abnormal lifestyle, so it’s more correct to say homoseualphobia.

Opinion
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Opinion

homosexualphobia.

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

Moderator. Throw that troll away from this blogg. Thanks.

Opinion
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Opinion

A civilized Europe that does not respect freedom of speech and thought 🙂

Opinion
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Opinion

I do not think Sarah is a lesbian. Her partner is a lesbian. She did not find a good boy. Live with a woman because it’s so easy, now fashionable, although it’s foolishness.

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

That was the silliest comment ever, Trollololl 😀 Where have you been hidden for the last decades as you have that kind of ideas about gays and lesbians? Thank you very much for the laughter of the day.

lluussoo
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lluussoo

LOL

gj
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gj

Her fiancee is butch, so she’s a lesbian.
Saara is feminine, so she can’t be a lesbian.

We’ve heard all that before. Stop living in 1948.

stupid corn
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stupid corn

Please, don’t make fun of Saara anymore. She didn’t wanted to have hair like that, it was an accident. Here is what happened.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66N0nGC3YFY

Christian
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Christian

Proud to be lesbian? Have I ever heard someone straight saying, he/she’s proud to be straight? WTF?

Denis
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Denis

Well no, but straight people are the majority. Plus straight people hasn´t been oppressed, put down or killed for being straight.

Robyn Gallagher
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Exactly. In some places, people who are gay are looked upon with shame and it can take a lot of strength to live with pride as an openly gay person. For some, Saara’s comment might seem silly, but for others, it’s a powerful statement. 🙂

Skimur
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Skimur

Yes, but Saara lives in a society where her orientation is accepted normally. What is the point of being proud for her? It`s not a powerful statement for those, who live in oppression, for them it looks like: a poor man from a poor country watches TV and sees how a rich man who lives in a rich country says he is proud to be rich.

Adam
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Adam

has it ever crossed your mind that there are young gay people from homophobic societies reading her interviews about being prideful in who you are, and they start feeling better about themselves and hopeful that there is a tolerant world out there due to people like Saara?

yourtheonlyone
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yourtheonlyone

hmm happy to know I wasnt the only one with that question in mind. Nothing extraordinary in her being lesbian & being in a relationship with someone else.
& actually Im happy with this sentiment rather than some feminists declaring ‘the woman needs no one’

enough with that
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enough with that

men declare they need no one too.
MGTOW = men going their own way

AG
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AG

@Christian, I agree. The things that come from our nature are not a reason to be proud. Or to be ashamed! Proud to be gay, straight, lesbian or so sounds to me like proud to be a woman, a man, a person with this colour of eyes etc. What’s the point?!

We should be proud of the things we make. Not because our nature gave us this or that.

Christian
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Christian

Well said. I am gay myself but i don’t showcase my sexuality in any way. And I should note that I loved the Eurovision Song Contest already BEFORE I knew it. When I’m going to Lisbon this year, there won’t be coming any rainbow flags or something like that with me lol. ??

Jonas
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Jonas

Christian, it’s not the inherent sexual orientation that she is proud of (not just that) but the fact that in she has the strength and support to live openly in a world that for too long as centred on heterosexual people. It’s not always easy to live life as yourself, for some it is extremely tough. That’s the part to be proud of, and that’s the part that gives hope to others by example.

lluussoo
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lluussoo

People, please… Do some basic Google work and inform yourselves about the meaning of Gay Pride. Your comments are embarrassing, to say the least. Even my sexagenary parents know what Gay Pride is and why it is (still!) so important. Read this:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/15/why-gay-pride-matters-_n_5493379.html

…and then try to understand that straight people don’t need to be proud of something that has never and that will never oppress them. Is that so difficult to understand?

Yulia ftw
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Yulia ftw

dont get the hype about Aalto’s song at all. Both her & Surie’s are in my bottom.))))
As for their personal lives…its their own business so wish them luck/

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

So many people here again with a poisonous mind. She has been working hard for years and now it’s paying off. She is just a sincere person who doesn’t want to have any skeletons in her closet and a role model for young people who are battling with their orientation whether to come out or not. And they will stay in the closet as long as there are intolerant haters. Somebody must be the first, the pioneer and Saara&Meri are among those brave ones. I am so proud of her and yes, this year I am very proud to be… Read more »

yourtheonlyone
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yourtheonlyone

why be proud of being lesbian?? is it a normal thing? I get being proud of some achievements they you yourself made. Orientation is a thing given by nature. So I should be super proud being straight?

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

Feel free to be whatever you are, but live and let live – we have the same value as human beings no matter what our sexual orientation is. Saara has shown her talent as a singer and performer, and that makes me proud of her too. Welcome to the new millenium.

yourtheonlyone
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yourtheonlyone

who am I to let her live or dont let ))) ofc she’s free to so whatever she wants without my approval)))) But all this PR over orientation shows that maybe she feels that the song alone isnt able to get all the attn she wants.

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

Who are you to evaluate her life because long before she became famous abroad she chose to live as an openly gay person. But as you say, we don’t need your approval to anything. Just a little respect towards us so you can deserve your own. Btw, I think you’re from Russia and that would easily explain your narrowmindness.

jay
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jay

“)))))” Russian spotted, nuff said.

Adam
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Adam

exactly what I was thinking. As soon as I saw those ))) i knew this was just another west-hating contrarian

Joe
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Joe

Personality-wise, they’re two of my favorites this year. Gonna be fun having them at all the promo events.

Question
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Question

A beautiful and talented woman, why she needs a man’s parody, or there are no good men in the world.

desfolhada
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desfolhada

Maybe Finland will qualify this year, but I prefer Blackbird >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Jo
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Jo

Love this Manel-Levina kind of friendship.

Elainovision
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Elainovision

What’d the group name be? SuRieAalto? SaaRie? SuRa? Monstorm?

Geo
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Geo

How convenient! She’s using her coming out as a publicity stunt. How desperate, dear Saara… Her song proved to be a flop, in spite of her being internally selected by Finland with a bang. And regarding her new haircut, it was a bad move. The conservatory juries won’t appreciate the tomboy look, just saying… Thumbs down!

Ohoh
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Ohoh

But she has came out many years, you know.

Denis
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Denis

Her song proved to be a flop? Which song?
The contest hasn¨t begun yet, it can¨t be a flop!

Also she´s been lesbian for a while. It´s hardly a publicity stunt and something recent.

Milan S.
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Milan S.

It is a publicity stunt for the majority who has never heard of her and quite a desperate one. “Hello, look, I can sing and I’m lesbian too…”

Denis
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Denis

Don´t think being lesbian counts as publicity stunt. It´s quite common these days no one will get publicity for announcing she is lesbian. Maybe in Serbia..

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

Put your thumbs up to your ass! She has been this way for years, not just for Eurovision 2018.

jack
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jack

What about Poli from Bulgaria? Her shaved head didn’t knock her chances? Silly remark if you ask me….

Polyna
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Polyna

> collaboration

So _that’s_ how they’re calling it these times.

ts
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ts

It’s usually x by x nowadays…