UNITED KINGDOM – Graham Norton has said former X Factor star Saara Aalto could do well for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest, meaning she could be big competition for UK entry SuRie. Norton, who will commentate on the live musical extravaganza for the 10th year running from Lisbon, Portugal, said the standard of this year’s entries is “really high”.
He said: “Everyone’s favourite right now is Israel and it is terrific, but I think Saara Aalto for Finland might do very well.” However, the presenter said he fully believes that singer-songwriter SuRie is a “safe pair of hands” with the song Storm, which he described as a “terrific anthemic floor-filler”.
Aalto, who was the runner-up on The X Factor in 2016, will perform Monsters for her home country and, according to Scott Mills – who will present the semi-finals – Eurovision fans are “very excited” about her.
“I’ve heard that she’s going to do a ridiculous performance, probably involving some monsters, which everybody is very excited about,” Mills added.
SuRie, real name Susanna Marie Cork, will represent the UK with Storm after being voted for by viewers during the BBC’s You Decide televised event.
Rylan Clark-Neal, who will co-host the semi-final episodes with Mills, said the UK’s entry has made an impact already. He said: “I met a few other entries who were unknowingly humming along to Storm – and if other countries are subconsciously singing our song then we have a good song!”