Finnish singer Saara Aalto narrowly missed out on representing Finland at Eurovision 2016, but she may have an even bigger opportunity on The X Factor UK. Saara’s audition impressed Nicole Sherzinger so much that the judge gave Saara a standing ovation and announced, “My ass wants to clap for you.”
Speaking to The Sun, Nicole Scherzinger revealed that she’d spent the summer perfecting her twerking technique with professional dancers. After Nicole heard Saara Aalto’s impressive audition, she felt compelled to put that training to use.
The former Pussycat Doll told The Sun, “Oh My God. Obviously I was so inspired. She [Saara Aalto] was amazing so she made me want to twerk. And actually twerking is really making your bum clap – that’s what twerking is.”
Saara Aalto has participated in Finland’s national final twice, both times placing second. In 2011 she entered with the gentle ballad “Blessed with Love” which missed out in the superfinal to Paradise Oskar’s “Da Da Dam”.
Earlier this year she returned to UMK with the thrilling “No Fear”. Despite being a fan favourite and winning the televote, the jury’s support of “Sing It Away” meant that Saara placed second, missing out on the ferry ride to Stockholm.
The X Factor isn’t Saara Aalto’s first experience on a talent show. In 2007 she was a finalist on Talent Suomi, the Finnish edition of Got Talent, where she placed third. Then in 2012, she was a contestant on The Voice of Finland where she came second.
Saara is also known for her voice acting work, particularly as voice of Anna in the Finnish dub of Frozen.
But with all these near misses on talent shows, will history repeat with The X Factor UK?
The new series of The X Factor UK — featuring Saara Alta and Nicole Scherzinger’s appreciate ass — premieres tonight at 8pm on ITV.
As we previously reported, Eurovision: You Decide finalist Bianca has also auditioned for The X Factor this year.