Consider our nerves shot. Saara Aalto has made it through to the next week on the X Factor UK, but it wasn’t easy at all.
Despite her jaw-dropping performance on Saturday, she wound up in the bottom 3 acts this evening, forcing her into the Sing-Off against Bratavio. Thankfully, she survived after an incredible performance of Sia’s “Alive”
Saara Aalto performs Sia’s “Alive” in X Factor Sing-Off
Saara was clearly emotional as the song began, but she kept her nerves together. Channeling her emotions into the song, she gave the judges no option but to save her. You just have to listen to the audience reaction to some of those notes!
The judges saw sense following her performance of another Sia song. Simon Cowell dealt the final blow to her opponents, giving Saara a huge plaudit in casting his deciding vote. “This was like a guinea-pig against a racehorse…Saara, that was like your winning moment”.
Even before her performance, though, social media was up in arms when it was revealed Saara had not made it through automatically. Some had thoughts as to why it might be, too:
Saara didn't deserve being in the bottom. This year is nutty. #XFactor
— Lily W (@MissLSW) October 9, 2016
Really disappointed saara is in the bottom
— Shazza CTID (@cavemanshariCFC) October 9, 2016
— Paul Lang (@rudemrlang) October 9, 2016
Saara, meanwhile, seemed to take the words of the song truly to heart:
— Saara Aalto (@saaraaalto) October 9, 2016
At the end of the show, it was revealed that next week’s theme will be Motown. Let’s hope that Saara bounces back from the sing-off and is able to survive for yet another week!
Of course, there’s a possibility that boyband Brooks Way may still be eliminated by default. They were removed from last night’s show and their participation going forward is in doubt. It might not be pretty, but we’ll be behind Saara no matter how she gets through!
What did you think of tonight’s result? Do you think that Saara deserved to be in the Sing-Off? Let us know in the comments section below.