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:

https://twitter.com/srodriguezb86/status/785208373725757440

Saara, meanwhile, seemed to take the words of the song truly to heart:

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.

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5 years ago

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The Troll
The Troll
5 years ago

Some here put too much weight on vocal issues. While important, it is so not the only thing that weighs in. Charisma is central. An audiance can sense these things and judgement is immediate and hard. Saara hasn’t actually let down her guard earlier. There has been a wall, that she seems to think is necessary. All this talk of being a fairy from Finland, or an ice queen. I personally don’t buy that. It’s a bad show. I want to hear Saara, not a fairytale. When she sang in the duel on Sunday was the first time I felt… Read more »

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
5 years ago

Xenophobic? come on, 4th Impact didn’t even have to sing for survival until they were down to 5 once the competition got stiff. Saara’s in the Bottom 2 probably because her performance didn’t connect with the public. She was just putting on an ‘ice queen’ character. In these sorts of singing shows, connecting with the public audience is important.

Gav
Gav
5 years ago

Sharon is totally out of her depth and disconnected from Saara. She can’t say her name and she can’t remember where she is from, she slated her performances and then gave her a space in the show. Both performances and her lines in the group song grabbed me complestly. I’m not a fan of ‘Finnish Fairy’ image but she has an absolutely amazing and diverse voice that needs challenging. She also needs some people on the show to start standing up for her. Everyone said how amazing Saara was apart from her mentor in the sing off.

Tina
Tina
5 years ago

Saara’s vocals are simply outstanding, and world class like the judges said. She can sing a power ballad like any others of the world famous divas out there. Still I see her struggling to connect, she seems to pull herself away or is left out by the other contestants. The others seem like a tight group with their friendly banter, maybe it is the language barrier? It’s not easy being witty and funny in a foreign language. That’s why she seems remote and simply smiles politely. Anyway, the Brits aren’t giving a very friendly image of themselves by being so… Read more »

esc1234
esc1234
5 years ago

she had an amazing perfomance but the british public is… strange…

Polegend Godgarina
5 years ago

Such a shame that one of the few talented vocalists this year is already so low in televotes. Yet they made that messy novelty act Honey G go through…

Naks
Naks
5 years ago

Tonight, for the first time ever, I did not feel a disconnect when Saara sang. Something has happened. She has always had an excellent voice, but I still didn’t like her performances before. But tonight something was different. I don’t know what, but it didn’t feel superficial anymore. I hope she keeps this up.

Davve
Davve
5 years ago

What a joke that she was in the bottom 3

Chance
Chance
5 years ago

Emily couldn’t find a key if you gave her a map. Honey G is literally a racist caricature. Bratavio were a huge joke. But yeah, let’s put Saara in the bottom. The UK gets exactly what they deserve each year in Eurovision.

Aleksi
Aleksi
5 years ago

What a joke. She was one of the best and what bottom 3 on televote…

Alison
Alison
5 years ago

@D yeah she’ll be getting lots of views from outside the UK which sadly doesn’t help in the show! Come on British public, sort yourselves out! It’d help if they all just shut up about where she’s from.

michael
michael
5 years ago

Honey G is still in X Factor? What The Heck?

D
D
5 years ago

Odd how Saara ended in the bottom despite having quadruple the amount of views as the others on YouTube. Could that all be from Finland and the Eurovision community?