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X Factor’s Saara Aalto SLAMS the show closed with Diamonds Are Forever! 26TH NOVEMBER 2016 BY Lisa McGarry
Saara Aalto closed tonight’s X Factor show with a mashup of Diamonds are Forever and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (Shirley Bassey / Marilyn Monroe).
Before singing she said: “There are only five of us yet and song choice is the key thing. Maybe we could do something crazy and really flamboyant. Because my other song was a ballad I wanted to do something upbeat and more interesting. This is something that I did in Finland three years ago.”
“When I chose this song I immediately saw the stage and costumes and everything. My head is always full of ideas and here I feel I can show my creativity.”
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MP! EXCLUSIVE: FIERCE FINN SAARA AALTO REVEALS WHY SHE COULD TAKE HOME THE ‘X FACTOR’ CROWN NOVEMBER 26, 2016 DAVID FARRELL
And fighters don’t come fiercer than Saara Aalto. That’s 5x the letter ‘a’ in her name, which means 5x the fighter.
She is one of the final five in this year’s edition of ‘The X Factor’ but she hasn’t had it easy by any stretch of the imagination. She made it to the final 12 only to struggle to gain popularity at first, winding up in the bottom three for the first two weeks. It seemed like her time in the competition would be brief, but since then she has shown that she is a true competitor and her home nation of Finland should be so proud.
We spoke to Saara about her ‘X Factor’ experience so far…
First of all congrats on making it so far in the competition! That’s amazing.
Thanks! It is amazing because I never expected to get this far so I’m really excited.
What made you want to audition for ‘The X Factor’ in the first place?
I’ve always wanted to sing all over the world. I competed on ‘The Voice of Finland’ before and I thought that if I made it there, then someone would find me and take me to London to start a career. But that never really happened and in Finland I never really found my place because I wanted to sing in English and Finnish people don’t really want to hear that kind of music. My career didn’t really fly there so I tried to apply for Eurovision, but that didn’t really work out. So last February I was thinking of what to do and then I found out that there would be a new season of ‘The X Factor’ so I thought I’d give it a try and now here I am.
In this article Saara tells memories from her childhood. Despate bad memories from school times Saara has managed to retain her positive attitude.
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“They Called Me Names and Said My Songs Were No Good, They Criticised My Clothes, They Tried To Push Me Down and Isolate Me”: Saara Aalto 25 Nov 2016
We interviewed current X Factor contestant Saara Aalto
DtL: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Saara: I’m a 29 year old singer-songwriter and I come from Finland but I’m now living in London. You can see me on the X-Factor UK at the moment. I’m from a very small town in the North of Finland and when I was 18, I moved to Helsinki, our capital city, to study music. Singing and music have always been my life and my passion. I tried to build up my singing career in Finland but it was really difficult, because I wanted to sing in English and I always had this dream of performing all over the world. Many years I struggled and tried to find my way, but now FINALLY I’m here in London singing and London is where I really want to be. I’m living my dream right now, and I couldn’t be happier.
DtL: Have you ever experienced bullying? If so what happened and how did you overcome it? Saara: Yes, I was bullied quite badly at school. I was really interested about learning new things, I really liked school! I also loved to perform my own songs at school events, I was always very happy and dressed differently to everyone else. In a small town in north of Finland that was too much for some people and I was bullied. They called me names and said my songs were no good, they criticised my clothes, they tried to push me down and isolate me. I was pretty lonely. Luckily I’ve always had a very supportive family and they always believed in me and just told me to do my own thing. I realized that I would never give up my passion and style just because someone else has a problem with it. I believed from an early age that if I just kept on doing my thing, I would eventually prove them wrong. Be true to yourself. Don’t worry what other people think.
“They called me names and said my songs were no good, they criticised my clothes, they tried to push me down and isolate me”
SAARA AALTO TAKES ON ABBA FOR X FACTOR “LOUIS LOVES” WEEK 12 by Jason Phelan
She has managed to steal the hearts of the British public during her time on X Factor UK, surviving three sing offs on her journey to the Top 5.
And on Saturday’s “Louis Loves” themed show, Saara Aalto did her absolute best to make next week’s semi-finals, covering ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” and a mash-up of “Diamonds Are Forever” by Dame Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. But how did she do?
In her VT, Saara and her friend from home were treated to an afternoon at a ski lodge. Afterwards, Saara was shown naughtily spying on a focus group. The best thing about Saara? Well, “everything” according to the group. However, they felt that “big costumes cheapen her”, which we kind of agree with.
Having previously covered the ABBA staple at Sharon’s home in L.A, it was obvious that Saara would nail this song. And our girl did not disappoint.
The flawless performance began with Saara at the piano, seated on a red and gold throne. Sartorially simple with chic hair and makeup, Saara took the advice of the focus group. The gold headpiece was a subtle nod to her individuality, and it worked.
The track was given a dramatic, epic rearrangement which gave Saara the opportunity to show off every facet of her insane vocal range. During the huuuge note at the end, Sharon stood up to cheer, while the audience actually applauded over the track. The love was plain to see y’all!
X Factor: Brian Friedman’s top five moments from week eight 14:55 28th November 2016 by William J Connolly
Week eight of the live shows.
Celebrity choreographer and creative Brian Friedman dishes the backstage goss and reveals his top five moments from this week’s episode of The X Factor. ... 2. Saara Aalto — Diva Medley of Diamonds are Forever and Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe
My number two is Saara – I think she was incredible! ...
1. Saara Aalto — Winner Takes it All by Abba
With her throne! The honest truth about that number is that it was potentially one of my least favourites to begin with. That’s because they planned for the track to be based on the original which went into an up-tempo version. I listened to the first routine of it and the way she sang the song was so passionate and heartfelt that I immediately reached out to the music team and asked if she could play the piano on this. I know she really wanted to play the piano.
...Once we get her support, it was finally a go. That’s how I saw it from when I first started creating it – a stripped-back ballad. I wanted her to have this moment and it makes me really happy when the stars all line up and we get what we want – we make something like that to happen. That’s who Saara is as she has so many different layers. It’s important for the public to see her as a credible musician and not just someone who can do over the top performances.
In the same respect, I think she should be able to do the over the top performances. I think that’s really important and she’s definitely my number one. She SMASHED it!
X Factor 2016 week 7 results live: Honey G has to leave By Isabel Mohan 27 NOVEMBER 2016 • 9:26PM
The nation officially loves Saara Aalto
During the first couple of weeks of live shows, it seemed like Saara Aalto would be one of the first to go. She was cheesy, she struggled to connect with the audience and she, of course, lacked the regional vote that has seen weaker singers sail through, not thinking of any Ryan Lawrie in particular.
But what a transformation! Saara's now officially won the nation over, and is now seemingly even more popular than 5 After Midnight, who hadn't been in the bottom two until tonight. Her success is much-deserved.