Artist: Saara Aalto
Betting Odds: 51/1
Saara Aalto was selected internally by Finnish broadcaster YLE and she showcased three tracks for the public to pick from in a star studded live show in March. Of the three contenders ‘Monsters’ was the favourite and it won over the other two songs ‘Domino’ and ‘Queens’.
‘Monsters’ is an anthem in particular for the LGBT+ community who feel disenfranchised from the rest of society. It has a strong message but also has the glitz and pizzazz that Eurovision fans love, as well as a catchy chorus and a strong vocal.
The song is written by Saara herself as well as a number of others in her writing team. The lyrics are at time predictable such as the cliched use of ‘demons’ to talk about mental health issues, which many have criticised for being too generic. But there is a huge sense of the personal to the record. Saara has expressed recently her own battle with mental health issues which she has struggled with in the past in particular depression.
Saara has a great personality which shines through in interviews and her performances. She has a great positive attitude which is infectious. She speaks multiple languages which will definitely improve her chances when on the publicity circuit in the lead up to the Contest. In fact she recently performed a version of ‘Monsters’ in which she sang in over 30 languages.
The staging has undergone several revamps since it was first presented at UMK 2018. The original incarnation of the staging was messy and a little all over the place. A week later and Saara performed at the final of the selection show for Lithuania and although still not perfect it was much improved and we’re hoping that her final run through at the semi final will be a little bit more polished.
This of course isn’t the first time Saara has attempted to represent Finland at Eurovision. She has a real knack for finishing second. This happened not only in Eurovision selection shows UMK in 2011 (‘Blessed With Love’) and again in 2016 (‘No Fear’) but also in singing competitions ‘The Voice of Finland’ and ‘X-Factor UK’. But will she finish second at Eurovision 2018 or can she do one better and give the nation their second victory, their first since Lordi in 2006? I think she’s a strong contender, but will probably finish in the Top Five and not win.
For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Saara Aalto!
The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!