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Saara Aalto’s performance impressed the judges and voters around Europe during the semi-finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal on May 9, 2018. Picture: Andres Putting

She can’t remember anything.

About the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals in Lisbon that is.

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The Finnish Eurovision contestant, Saara Aalto, qualified for the Grand Final on Tuesday night with her song “Monsters,” and her recollections of her performance can be summoned in one sentence:

“During the second chorus I saw a lot of Finnish flags,” she said in a press conference, “and people were waving their hands in the air.”

“It was extremely cool!”

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“Tonight I’m making friends with all the creatures that are hiding under my bed,” Saara Aalto sang and received echoing cheers. Picture: Andres Putting

According to the reporters at the scene, Aalto’s performance received one of the most grandiose applause of the evening.

“I was very nervous. On the other hand, I got a feeling that they had planned it on purpose when they know how big a deal this is for me,” she said. “Let’s put Saara there as the last but one.”

The last time when Finland was qualified in the Eurovision finals was four years ago.

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“I am so happy that the message of ‘Monster’ has appealed to European voters. I can’t wait to perform it again on Saturday,” Aalto said in a bulletin sent to the global press.

Eurovision finals will be held on Saturday, May 12.

Saara Aalto will be competing against ten countries, including the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania.