On Sunday she nailed her performance of Sia’s “Alive” to survive the X Factor sing-off against Bratavio.
And on Monday morning a very relieved Saara Aalto appeared on popular ITV morning show Lorraine to discuss her experience on British television.
After host Lorraine Kelly praised Saara for singing her heart out, the Finnish snow fairy said: “I had to. That was the moment of my life.”
She also discussed how all of Finland is following the X Factor and getting behind her, and made it clear that the show is above and beyond anything she’s done back home.
“Everything is so different in Finland,” she said. “It’s a small country. We only have five million people, so it’s half of London. Nothing compares to this…I’ve waited for this for my whole life. I don’t want to go back.”
The former Eurovision hopeful accepted Lorraine’s suggestion that she’s a master of the power ballad, but she clarified that she’s more than that.
“I think it is my trademark, yes. But I am a showgirl. I want to do a big show — dancing, a happy number.”
Saara, who is engaged to her manager, explained precisely how she met her fiancée.
“She saw me in The Voice and she sent me a message, ‘Congratulations, I really like your voice, and you seem like a nice person.'”
“And we met a year later at my concert and started to be friends…she takes care of me.”
Overnight former Eurovision contestant and Blue boyband member Duncan James sent Saara his hearty congratulations for her performance of Sia’s hit, saying she was “absolutely amazing” and adding that it was “insane” she had to sing again at all.
— Duncan James (@MrDuncanJames) October 9, 2016
Despite the love from Mr James, Saara faced ridicule from (the apparently very sore losers) Bratavio.
The eccentric duo, who were out-of-tune and out-of-sorts during the sing-off, told Digital Spy that it’s ‘unfair’ Saara is competing in the UK X Factor at all.
“She runs her own record label in Finland. She’s already established, so I don’t know why producers put her on the show. I do think it’s a bit unfair.”
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) October 9, 2016
Bradley said: “She signs [artists]. I thought, ‘Wow, what are you doing on the X Factor? You already have your contacts. You’ve done Wicked [in Finland]. Why do you need the X Factor?'”
But their ugliest comment came when discussing Saara’s vocals: “Her voice, it’s not even Mariah Carey high, it’s screechy to the point of the glass shattering.”
Well, that “screechy to the point of glass shattering” voice was more than enough to slay Bradley and Ottavio. As Saara gets ready for the next week of competition, they’ll have to sit at home and suck on their sour grapes…