After a number of previous attempts, Saara Aalto will finally compete in Eurovision in 2018.
However, Saara has chosen to represent her home country of Finland rather than the UK.
“There have been talks with the BBC, they really want me to do it,” Saara had told The Sun newspaper last week. “I love Eurovision so I have been searching for the right opportunity to be part of it.
“It’s just whether I should do it for the UK or Finland or some other country.”
Saara, who was runner up on last year’s X Factor, had tried three times to enter the competition in the past but was always second best.
Confirming she would be competing in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Finland, Saara said today (via Eurovision.tv): “I know that this journey is going to be fantastic regardless of the results of the actual competition.”
She joked: “I’m of course jumping right in with the attitude that I can win the Eurovision Song Contest – or at least finish in second place! That’s something I’ve been great at, no doubt about it.”
Three song options will be put forward for Saara to perform on a TV show in Finland, with viewers in the country deciding the track she should sing at the contest.
Saara said: “There won’t be any of that ‘let’s just throw in something’ vibe. Every detail will be thoroughly thought out and delivered to the maximum.
“This is going to be a superb experience for the whole of Finland! I have a strong Finnish and international team with me, together we’re able to make great things happen.”
Eurovision 2018 will air in May from Lisbon, Portugal.