Saara Aalto spreads some Christmas cheer in a less than festive X Factor semi-final While Saara Aalto was the star of the night, the other acts appeared to be channeling the spirit of Scrooge. Priya Joshi By Priya Joshi December 3, 2016 22:09 GMT
The X Factor 2016 week 9: Underdog Saara Aalto now favourite to win after spectacular semi-final performances
By Isabel Mohan 4 DECEMBER 2016 • 11:31AM
The fabulous Saara Aalto has been getting better and better every week, which is surely What This Show Is All About. Nobody liked her at all to start with, but now she's a national treasure and she's not even from round here.
The Finnish singer, from Sharon Osbourne's oldies category (although she's only 29), had one of her best nights ever, with the perfect combination of OTT, cheesy, camp fun (her White Christmas/All I Want For Christmas Is You combo) and dead serious belty-outy brilliance (Sia's Chandelier - the very song she sang at her first audition, but not nearly as beautifully as this). Incredibly, she's now favourite to win the whole show. YES! We would absolutely love this to happen. It would be the perfect... finnish.
X Factor Results: Emily Middlemas OUT as Saara Aalto named favourite to win?! 4TH DECEMBER 2016 BY Lynn Rowlands
...However, as time has gone on, Saara has sailed through to the next stages week after week, and deservedly so. Her performances have often been absolutely breathtaking, despite the fact that at times, it seemed the show’s wardrobe and stage-production teams were making a laughing stock of her.
And that’s because she was ‘subjected’ to increasingly bizarre costumes, wigs, make-up and choreography. Even head judge Simon Cowell at one point warned Saara that she mustn’t allow the show’s backstage team to make her their “puppet”.
But regardless of those issues, as mentioned, X Factor fans have loved Saara’s performances and her seemingly flawless rendition of each and every song she sings…
Saara Aalto tipped to win The X Factor following ‘sensational’ performance of Sia’s Chandelier Adam Starkey for Metro.co.uk Sunday 4 Dec 2016 10:43 am
The 29-year-old Finnish singer blew the judges away on last night’s X Factor semi-final (December 4), which saw the contestants tackle Christmas classics, with Saara belting out Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.
It was a stirring cover of Sia’s Chandelier, however, which floored the judges, a song she previously sung in her first audition, leaving Sharon Osbourne without words during her judges’ critique.
Nicole Scherzinger managed to string a compliment together, saying: ‘Baby girl. This is the song that you sung that blew me away and it’s the reason I asked you to be Mrs O’s wild card.
X Factor underdog Saara Aalto breaks MAJOR show record as she takes to the stage ahead of Saturday night's semi-final By LISA MCLOUGHLIN FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 02:15 GMT, 3 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:39 GMT, 3 December 2016
She was ecstatic when she found out she would be staying on the X Factor last weekend.
And now talent show underdog, Saara Aalto has broken a major record on the ITV entertainment stalwart, as she is the first act to land in the bottom two in week one and successfully make it through to the semi-finals.
The Finnish singer - who has been busy rehearsing ahead of Saturday's performance - has now become the most improved in popularity, a feat previously shared by Rylan Clark-Neal, Chico and Katie Waissell.
See your favourite X Factor Finalists at their Homecoming gigs! 20:53 - 4 DEC 2016
The X Factor Finalists are going back to where it all started - home!
5 After Midnight, Matt and Saara will all be performing concerts in their hometowns... and the best part is you can be there, and watch them - free of charge!
Saara will be performing from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm on MONDAY 5TH DECEMBER at Helsinki Cathedral steps, St Thomas Christmas Market, Senate Square, Helsinki. Address: 00170 Helsinki, Finland. It is an open event at the Christmas Market.
Saara Aalto through to the X-Factor final Ashleigh Kobevko / 4th December 2016 at 21:30 / Et cetera / Finland, United Kingdom
Saara Aalto has made it through to the X-Factor final. When Saara first auditioned for the UK X-Factor, it seemed impossible to imagine that she would get through to the judges houses let alone the final. If Saara wins, she will be the first foreigner to win the X-Factor UK.
Saara Aalto must feel like all of her Christmases have come at once. After two impeccable performances in Christmas week on the X-Factor UK, she has secured herself a place in the final. The final will be screened live on ITV from Wembley Arena in London and will see Saara perform a special duet. Finalists in the competition have always duetted with another famous singer. These duets have often been a crucial part of the final as usually the best duet has often featured the contestant who has then gone on to win the show.
The singer who Saara will be dueting with has yet to be announced. However, past singers gracing the stage with contestants in the past have included Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Rhianna. It has been reported that Ed Sheeran has written the winner’s single this year.
X Factor 2016 semi-final results: Emily Middlemas voted off and Saara Aalto still favourite to beat Matt Terry and 5 After Midnight in final By Isabel Mohan 4 DECEMBER 2016 • 9:35PM
Saara's comeback is what this show is all about
Normally, X Factor is awfully predictable. But, in those early weeks, when Saara Aalto seemed strange and twee and a little irritating, we never thought she'd end up in the final and we never thought we'd be desperate for her to win. We now realise it was the X Factor producers, with their calculated segments about Frozen and snow fairies, who made Saara look annoying, and that she's actually quite cool.