But our girl Saara Aalto from
Norway Finland is still alive, and tonight she took on the Tina Turner classic “River Deep, Mountain High” in week two of X Factor UK’s live shows.
This week’s theme, the perennial X Factor favourite, “Motown”, was chosen last week with a spin of the newly-installed X Factor Jukebox. On Lorraine, Saara admitted that she wants to be known as more than a power ballad princess. She explained that she longs to put on a huge show with an energetic dance number.
We think that Motown is the perfect opportunity for Saara to prove her versatility. We’re thinking big production values, big vocals and even bigger hair. So, how did she do?
Saara Aalto — River Deep, Mountain High (Live @ X Factor)
We have to say, this performance was everything. Obviously, Saara’s vocals were as on point as usual, but just look how this girl moves! Saara shimmied and shook for her life, working her fringed golden dress for all it was worth. She wanted to put on a show, and she most certainly did. Accompanied by a troupe of seven dancers, Saara never once faltered, serving Tina Turner levels of realness. Slaaaay.
What the judges said:
The judges had (almost) universal praise for Saara. Louis could not deny that Saara is an amazing singer and amazing performer, but he believes that the public finds her cold and that they are failing to warm to her.
However, none of the other judges agreed. The critique of the night came courtesy of Nicole:
“You took that song, smacked it around and made it your banana. Yassss.” This also pretty much sums up how we feel about Saara here at wiwibloggs.
Simon told Saara that her sing off last week was incredible. He said that she showed her sense of fun and put on a fantastic performance, while Sharon admitted that the performance left her speechless. Work!
Since the beginning of her X Factor journey, Saara has been feeling the love from friends and fans (including big names like Duncan James and Robbie Williams). Today she took to social media to thank her mentor Sharon Osbourne for her advice and support. Just how cute is this picture?!
Whether or not Saara will make it through to next week’s show is now up to the Great British public. If you are in the UK, you can either vote by phone, text or on the X Factor app. Voting will close during tomorrow night’s live results show.
With the introduction of the “Lifeline Vote” this year, the public has been given one last chance to save one of the three acts who have received the lowest number of votes. Then the bottom two acts compete in a sing-off, with the judges choosing which act will stay and who will go. If the judges are tied in their decision, the previous public vote will once again decide the result. We are keeping everything crossed for Saara Aalto!
Do you think Saara Aalto did enough tonight? Were you feeling the Motown vibes, or should she stick to ballads? Let us know in the comments below!