On Saturday she ignited a disco inferno on the X Factor stage with a blazing rendition of “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, and received a standing ovation from the judges.
And it looks like the British public agree with Simon and co, as they have voted Saara Aalto through to the next round, keeping her out of the bottom two and the dreaded sing-off. Saara is now officially in the top six. Rejoice!
Saara looked momentarily stunned after she heard her name (bless her!), but as soon as the good news sunk in, she jumped and shrieked with happiness. You do whatever you want sweetie, you totally deserve it!
— LA_Tuononen (@LA_Tuononen) November 13, 2016
Interestingly, before the top five acts were revealed, Dermot announced that the act who received the most votes tonight has never topped the vote before. Could this be Saara? We sure hope so!
THANK YOU ??
— Saara Aalto (@saaraaalto) November 13, 2016
Saturday night’s show saw Saara channel her inner Verka Serduchka for her amazing take on the iconic disco anthem. The Finnish star’s efforts were met with unanimous acclaim from the judges, who called her “incredible”, “perfection” and a “disco superwoman”.
Saara Aalto – “Enough is Enough (No More Tears)”
Although her disco number featured more sparkle than a showgirl’s intimates drawer, it was entirely appropriate to the theme. Compare this to last week’s over-the-top geisha inspired take on “Sound of the Underground“, which drew criticism from both Simon Cowell and the public, and even landed her in the sing-off.
Ahead of Sunday’s results show, Twitter was awash with support for Saara:
I have voted for @saaraaalto ?? so hope she stays in till the end ?? what a powerful/talented voice ??
— Ariana??dannyfan? (@Jordannahop17) November 13, 2016
— ? alexander ? (@alexanderls3) November 13, 2016
— Lee Bettinson (@Lee_J11) November 13, 2016
And just before tonight’s show, a nervous Saara took to Instagram to urge fans to vote for her.
Her plea paid off, and fans on social media were as happy as we were.
— spencer connery (@SpencerConnery) November 13, 2016
— Samu Kaukoranta (@SamuKaukoranta) November 13, 2016
Tonight’s X Factor, which saw appearances from Nathan Sykes and Olly Murs, marked Remembrance Sunday by inviting veterans from the Help for Heroes charity along to the show. The finalists opened the show with a special performance of “Rise Up” in commemoration of the occasion.
Saara also had a special occasion to mark today. In celebration of Father’s Day in Finland, earlier she shared this adorable homage to her father with her fans on social media. Cuteness!
It's a father's day in Finland today!? So hugs and kisses to my lovely dad who got me into music.He sang to me all the time and taught me how to write songs! He always said I could be the next Elton John if I wanted and worked hard? Well I'm working on it dad?haha! Love you! Hyvää isänpäivää iskä ja tietysti iloa kaikille isille!!! Haleja ja suukkoja sinne! Iskä lauloi mulle aina ja opetti mut tekemään biisejä, kun olin pieni. Hän äänitti ja kuvas mun outoja päähänpistoja, ja kun olin 10v. opetti mulle, miten biisien taustanauhoja (ja omat kotisivut!) tehdään tietokoneella. Olin ehkä vähän överi-innostunut oppimaan kaikkea, mut aina iskä opetti ja kannusti! Iskä myös aina sanoi, et voisin olla vaikka uus Elton John, jos haluaisin.. ? no se on työn alla iskä, haha! Kiitos , kun oot ? #isänpäivä #saaraaalto
X Factor‘s sing-off tonight saw Sam Lavery pitted against Ryan Lawrie, with the result going to Deadlock. Unfortunately for Sam, she received the fewest votes and was kicked out. Oh well, such is life.
Next week’s theme is “Movies”, but Saara has already covered the obvious choice of “Let it Go”. Song choice is key as the competition is seriously hotting up, but as we all know, Saara could literally sing anything. We’ll just have to wait and see!
So, what do you think about the X Factor result — did you think Saara Aalto was top of the pack? What does she have to do to survive again? Let us know in the comments section below!