‘The X Factor’ UK debate: Would Saara Aalto be the biggest underdog winner ever? NOVEMBER 29, 2016 B
This season of “The X Factor” may very well be the most bizarre in the entire history of the franchise airing. Just remember that we had a rapper named Honey G make it all the way to the top 5, despite the fact that many of her songs were just spent featuring her shouting her own name. We also had a few other shocking eliminations along the way, but despite all of that, we’d say that three of the top four acts remaining are ones that you could’ve seen coming from the start of the live shows: Emily Middlemas, Matt Terry, and 5 After Midnight. They’ve been consistent viewer favorites, and it took until this past week for one of them to make it into the bottom three.
Then, there’s the case of Saara Aalto, a woman we’re convinced may have the most interesting journey in the entire history of the franchise. Let’s take a look at the moment at precisely what she’s overcome to get into the top four.
1. Coming to the show following years of performing in Finland, so overcoming the natural disadvantage that comes from not having local fans inherently built in to the series.
2. Being at one point booed by the crowd over a last-minute performance during the Six-Chair Challenge, where she did not make it onto Simon Cowell’s team.
3. Getting through Judges’ Houses despite entering them as a wild-card act chosen by Nicole Scherzinger for Sharon Osbourne’s team.
4. Surviving through three separate sing-offs.
Basically, what we’re trying to say is that she’s overcome more than anyone else still remaining in the competition, as the other three were all picked by their mentor to enter judges’ houses and haven’t faced anywhere near the same adversity.
Should Saara win this season? That’s all in the eye of the beholder / the voter!
The X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto makes history to break MASSIVE show record
SHE'S already sailed through to The X Factor semi-finals, but it seems Saara Aalto has another reason to celebrate as it turns out she's broken a massive show record.
By ADAM MILLER PUBLISHED: 10:24, Tue, Nov 29, 2016 | UPDATED: 12:27, Tue, Nov 29, 2016
The Finnish-Born act, who has had a rocky ride throughout during her time in the Live Shows, can now boast that she is the first act to land in the bottom two in week one to then make it all of the way to the penultimate stage of the competition. In turn, she's officially the most successful act to have landed in the dreaded sing-off in the opening round.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Saara beamed over her impressive accolade: "I think it proves everything is possible. That’s my motto. I believe everything is possible and you can turn everything around. This proves that anything can happen, miracles can happen. I’m so happy and grateful for everyone who has supported me and helped me get this far.”
The Xtra Factor host Rylan Clark-Neal, chart-topper Chico and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Katie Waissell all previously shared the title, which they now hand over to arguably its most deserving recipient, Saara.
All three of the aforementioned artists entered the show as wild outsiders, and initially seemed to prove the bookmakers right, until they managed to steadily win the public around before becoming scarily close to bagging Simon Cowell's £1million record deal.
X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto to WIN? She's on course for an epic comeback Posted November 29, 2016 06:59 by Josh Darvill
...Aoife Heffron from bookies BoyleSports commented: “Saara has been the 66/1 outsider and the favourite for numerous eliminations, but now she is the 9/4 second favourite to win X Factor 2016. We have been inundated with bets for Saara to win and her odds have been slashed from 8/1 to 4/1 to 11/4 and finally to her current 9/4 as punters continue to get behind the Finish singer over the weekend.”
Brian Friedman's FB post "Our creativity is boundless as long as we dare to dream! I refuse to hold back just because some people are too stuffy to enjoy life! Hats off to @saaraaalto for slaying yet again... falling off of a cliff, singing in a lift, perfectly synchronized choreography with professional dancers, running around a slippery stage in stilettos & all the while singing incredibly!"
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 four 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…