No, it’s not a cover version of the Jessie J hit; “Domino” has been released this week by Saara Aalto as the second song for UMK. The song is one of three songs that she is presenting on the Finnish national selection show for Eurovision 2018, alongside “Monsters” and the unheard track – titled “Queens” – which she’ll reveal next week.
Saara Aalto was chosen through internal selection by Finnish broadcaster Yle back in November. It was then announced that she would present three songs to the public on the national selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018; and then, people would then vote for the song they would like her to represent Finland with on the Eurovision stage in Portugal. The show will take place on 3 March 2018, ultimately deciding the track through a mixture of public votes and votes from international jury panels.
This isn’t the first time Saara Aalto has taken part in a national selection show, she competed in 2011 and 2016 with the songs “Blessed With Love” and “No Fear”, respectively. She placed second both times. In the UK, people will recognise her from The X Factor series 13, where she also came second. Maybe she’ll go on to come second in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, also; she might as well keep the streak going.
This song was written by Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Johnny Sanchez, Will Taylor, and Saara Aalto; whilst the music video was directed by Alex Herron. It’s uniquely different to “Monsters“, yet still has Saara Aalto’s identifiable stamp on it. But will it live up to “Monsters“? Especially since that track has already charted at number 14 on Finland’s Suomen virallinen lista.
Watch The Music Video For Saara Aalto’s “Domino” Here:
“Domino” is quite the grower of a song, and may fit in quite nicely with the songs that have already been released for 2018; however, that is not what they want, Finland needs a win and with Saara Aalto’s firehouse vocals, we believe she has a shot, with the right song. We won’t quite know if “Domino” is right until she performs it on the night, but from first impressions, we prefer “Monsters“. On the other hand, our opinions could completely change come 3 March 2018.