She’s survived being in the bottom three, but Saara Aalto wasn’t taking anything for granted as she delivered her week five performance on The X Factor UK. The Finnish diva delivered a bold performance of Girls Aloud’s “Sound of the Underground”, her choice for this week’s theme of “Girl bands vs boy bands”.
In her VT, Saara revealed that appearing on The X Factor had led to her being taking more seriously back home in Finland, with a Finnish TV crew coming out to visit her. Her quirky style was being more accepted. As Saara explained, “Finnish people see it’s okay to be different.”
On stage, Saara delivered a bold, extravagant performance of “Sound of the Underground”, with staging inspired by Japanese style.
Following on from last week’s hair transformation, Saara wore a giant, towering black wig. Her wardrobe included a pink kimono, which Saara later removed to reveal a corset top.
Girls Aloud’s 2003 debut single gave Saara opportunities to show off her vocal talents, and the judges agreed. Louis Walsh told her, “You don’t just sing, you perform, you take a risk. I want you to get a recording deal.”
Nicole Scherzinger appreciated the staging, saying, “That was outrageously bizarre. The beginning was epic. You’re bigger than that song and you did your thing on it.”
Simon Cowell also enjoyed the performance and remarked on Saara’s progress, saying, “It was fantastically nuts. The turnaround from when we first saw you is incredible.”
While Saara’s mentor Sharon Osbourne was full of praise, telling her act, “You throw yourself into it, you never complain. You come back every week fighting. I admire you so much.”
Simon also warned that the staging of Saara’s performances was perhaps a little too over-the-top, noting that she was the one performer with whom the staging team could really go crazy. But Saara wasn’t concerned, saying, “This was about going crazy!”
It was a special night for Saara, as she was also celebrating the birthday of her fiancée, Meri. Saara sent birthday greetings to her bae on Instagram, saying “Thank you for this crazy, funny family we have together!”
VOTE FOR SAARA AALTO
If you are in the UK, you can either vote by phone, text or on the X Factor app. Voting will close on Sunday during the live results show.
The bottom three acts face the Lifeline vote, where one of them will be saved by the public using the X Factor app during the allocated time. The other two 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, this weekend’s public vote between the two acts will decide the result.
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