Saara Sofia Aalto (born 2 May 1987) is a Finnish singer-songwriter and voice actress.
After an initial showing on Finland's Got Talent in 2007, Aalto entered public consciousness as a contestant on The Voice of Finland in 2012, where she ultimately finished second. She later competed on the British X Factor in 2016, as one of Sharon Osbourne's Over-25s, and finished there as runner-up as well. Because of her performance in the latter, she was tapped to become a judge on Finland's own version of X Factor in 2018.
After a failed bid to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, Aalto was later confirmed to be her country's entrant for the 2018 edition, eschewing the usual competition format of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu in favor of being internally selected by the Finnish committee. Instead, she performed a selection of three potential songs to be entered at Eurovision, which were then voted on and chosen by the Finnish public: the winning one was the song "Monsters". She flew the Finnish flag in Lisbon, managed to qualify from the semi-final (the first Finnish act to do so since Softengine in 2014) but came in second-to-last place during the grand final.
Aalto is also known for her prolific career as a voice actress, dubbing animated and live-action media for the Finnish audience. Most notably, she's the Finnish voice of Anna in Disney's Frozen franchise, and also voiced the title character of 2010's Alice in Wonderland.
- Talent Suomi (2007) as herself
- The Tale of Despereaux (2008) as Princess Pea (Finnish dub)
- Alice in Wonderland (2010) as Alice (Finnish dub)
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) as Umi (Finnish dub)
- Bubble Guppies (2011 — present) as Molly (Finnish dub)
- Pokémon (2011 — 2014) as Iris (Finnish dub)
- The Voice of Finland (2012) as herself
- Rise of the Guardians (2012) as Tooth Fairy (Finnish dub)
- Winx Club (2012 — present) as Musa (Finnish dub)
- Frozen (2013) as Anna (Finnish dub)
- Hey Duggee as Norrie (Finnish dub)
- The X Factor (2016) as herself
- Eurovision Song Contest (2018) as herself
- X Factor Suomi (2018) as herself (judge)
- Blessed with Love (2011)
- Enkeleitä Angels (2011)
- You Had My Heart (2013)
- Ai De Zhu Fu (2013)
- Tonight (with Teemu Roivainen; 2015)
- Wild Wild Wonderland (2018)
Saara Aalto provides examples of the following tropes:
- Always Second Best: To the point of becoming a Running Gag of sorts. She ended up in second place on The Voice of Finland, The X Factor UK and UMK. At the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest she thankfully qualified from the first semi-final, but she joked on the fact that she was announced second-to-last and when she drew which half of the final to perform in, she got the second one!
- And, in the grand final, she ended up second-to-last, leaving behind only host Portugal.