After the success of her ‘Queens Live’ concert last week, Saara Aalto has confirmed that she will be taking part in a 3-Hour online Eurovision spectacle presented by Hercules Helsinki called ‘Saara Aalto: Queens Live – Eurovision Divas’ on May 14.
UMK stars to also participate
For her performance, Saara herself has confirmed that she will be performing ALL of her Eurovision National Final entries, which include No Fear, Domino, Queens, Blessed With Love.
As well as this, it’s also been confirmed that the following UMK artists will participate:
- Erika Vikman (who participated in the 2020 competition with ‘Cicciolina’)
- Catharina Zühlke (who participated in 2017 with ‘Perfect Villian’ & in 2020 with ‘Eternity’)
- Opera Skaala (who participated in 2015 with ‘Heart of Light’)
- Meiju Suvas (who was one of the interval acts at UMK 2013)
It’s also been announced that Saara and Erika will be doing a one-time duet of Erika’s UMK entry ‘Cicciolina’ which placed 2nd in this year’s UMK.
They will be joined by Dance Group ‘Afrodisiac’, Drag Artist Jere Sivonen, and DJ Sami Montell. It’s been confirmed that Surprise Guests will also appear! The show will be hosted by Kristoffer Ignatius & Mystery Lady.
The show will take place on May 14 at 20:00EET (18:00 BST, 19:00CET), you are able to watch the three hour spectacle by buying your tickets right here.
Saara Aalto at the Eurovision Song Contest
Oulunsalo-born singer, Saara Aalto, is no stranger to Eurovision. She first found fame in 2007 when she finished in the top three of Finnish talent show, Talent Suomi.
In 2011, Saara took part in Finland’s Eurovision national final, Euroviisut, with the song “Blessed with Love”. She finished in second place with 40.7% of the final vote, only 6% behind eventual winner Paradise Oskar. She attempted to represent the country again at the contest in 2016, where she sang “No Fear” at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. Again, she placed second behind Sandhja.
In 2016, Saara auditioned for the UK version of The X Factor where she made it all the way to the final, despite being knocked out initially in the six-chair challenge. She was reinstalled as a wildcard ahead of the judge’s house and eventually finished in second place, with 40.4% of the vote.
Following her appearance on The X Factor UK, Saara was internally selected by Finnish broadcaster Yle to represent Finland at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon. She performed three songs at the national final, with “Monsters” being voted as the winner. At Eurovision, Saara made the final and finished in 25th place with 46 points. It was Finland’s best result at the contest since 2014.
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