This is just too much drama for a Sunday night! Earlier this evening, we saw Saara Aalto lose her place in the X Factor UK, after her Six Chair Challenge performance went sour. But a couple of hours later, at the end of the Xtra Factor after-series, presenters revealed that Saara had been picked as the Over 25s wildcard!
— Saara Aalto (@saaraaalto) September 25, 2016
On the Xtra Factor, Saara explained how she felt about her exit: “I was like, argh, give me a chance!” Then, about her return: “I was saying, ‘Is this a joke?'” Well the good news is, it most certainly is not!
This means that Saara will get her shot at redemption next week, during the Judges Houses phase. She’ll sing one more time in front of the Over 25s mentor, Sharon Osborne, who previously axed her. If she makes it through, we’ll then see her on the Live Shows.
Saara Aalto — I See Fire at X Factor Six Chair Challenge
Saara had earlier exited the show after Sharon failed to get behind her performance of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire”. Indeed, on Xtra Factor, Saara pointed out that “Sharon wasn’t at my first audition so I thought maybe she didn’t know who I was”. Here’s hoping that she stands out again next week.
Saara Aalto “exits” X Factor: Reactions
It’s fair to say that social media blew up when Saara was eliminated earlier tonight:
If Saara doesn’t get that wildcard thing, I’ll be so mad
— megan ? (@escmegan) September 25, 2016
@saaraaalto You shouldn’t have needed to apologise for singing in French – Andrea performed in Italian before. I’m so sorry for you
— Dan (@thequalitydan) September 25, 2016
Sharon is a joke… Saara and the doll should have both been through she’s ruined that category #xfactor
— Jacob (@Jacob_Ward96) September 25, 2016
How can you not give Saara a seat, she has one of the strongest voices ever! #XFactor Also I liked Sada and Honey G! ????
— Josh AoS+TPR hype!???? (@akaDirewolf) September 25, 2016
The reveals throughout the shows also mean that it definitely is the end of Bianca Claxton.
It had been reported she had “blown away” the judges in her audition. Unfortunately, we never got to see her in the show and she didn’t sneak through to the next stages unnoticed. This likely means that she went out earlier on and producers didn’t choose to use her footage.
Are you glad that Saara is back in the X Factor? Do you think that she’ll be able to win Sharon Osborne over? Let us know and make sure to check back next weekend, as we’ll be covering Saara’s fate as it happens on X Factor.