She’s the self-described “snow fairy from Finland” who has made it to the live shows of the UK’s X Factor.
And now, as hype ramps up ahead of Saturday’s first knock-out round, we’re learning much more about UMK veteran Saara Aalto.
In a set of fact cards released by ITV, Saara reveals that she has a fear of needles, adores the Spice Girls, would love to duet with Eurovision winner Celine Dion and that she has a crush on Simba from the animated film The Lion King. Talk about animal attraction!
Simba may not look kindly on Miss Aalto after learning the weirdest fact of the lot, which involves another animal.
Her pet hamster seems to have died when its head exploded.
But Saara’s deceased pets aren’t the only news items circulating at the moment.
On Tuesday Saara featured in a spread in UK entertainment magazine Heat, revealing that her girlfriend has proposed to her.
On Heat Magazine today!! I can’t believe this is all happening ???? Your dreams can come true if you work hard, no matter where you come from! pic.twitter.com/SoLwPufMch
— Saara Aalto (@saaraaalto) 4 October 2016
“I just got engaged to my girlfriend,” she says when asked if she has someone special supporting her.
“She’s my manager as well, so we moved to London together. We just got engaged a month ago. It’s been crazy.”
Saara, clearly adjusting to her new-found fame in the UK, shared a pic of the story on Twitter and Instagram. We are loving her enthusiasm!
She also speaks candidly about her family’s financial situation.
Asked whether her parents will come watch her perform, she says:
“I wish they could, but I have to say my parents don’t have much money. I come from quite a small village and a very poor family, but we have so much love and that is the most important thing really.”