|Finland - Saara Aalto
| Saara Sofia Aalto is a singer, songwriter and voice actor born in 1987, Oulunsalo, Finland. She grew up in a musical family, at the age of five she had already written her first song. In 1998 one of her own compositions won the Kotka Maritime Festival, a song contest for children.
Aalto graduated in 2005 and moved to Helsinki to study music at the Sibelius Academy and at the same time she studied singing in the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. She has an incredible national career, she has performed in concerts, galas, TV-shows, and musicals. She has toured across Finland with several top orchestras, military bands and with her own band.
Saara is an incredible Multilanguage artist, she can sing in several languages and she has studied English, Swedish, French, Japanese and Chinese. As an actress she participated as Dorothy and Phannee in the Finnish production of Wicked - The Musical and as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Her first attempt to enter the Eurovision Family was in 2011 when she participated in the national selection with the song “Blessed With Love” and five years later with her participation in the competition Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu with the song “No Fear”.
Aalto participated in the first season of the TV-show The Voice Of Finland in 2012 where she finished as a runner-up. Four years later she enters the thirteenth season of The X-Factor UK in the team of Simon Cowell, she made it to the final but she didn’t won the show.
Finnish National Broadcaster Yle, gave to Aalto the privilege to represent her country at the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest Lisbon 2018. Three songs were written for this occasion 1) “Monsters” written by Saara Aalto, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb and Ki Fitzgerald 2) “Domino” written by Thomas G: son, Bobby Ljunggren, Johnny Sanchez, Will Taylor and Saara Aalto and 3) “Queens” written by Farley Arvidsson and Charlie Walshe, Tom Aspaul and Saara Aalto. The song that has been voted to represent Finland in the Eurovision was "Monsters".
Finland will compete during the second half of the First Semi-Final at 8 May.