She continued to win over the hearts of the British public as she sailed through the public vote to reach the semi-final of the X Factor.
Christmas may be three weeks away, but a place in next week’s final is at stake for Saara Aalto. So to get into the festive spirit, she covered Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You”, followed by a performance of Sia’s “Chandelier”.
Her VT showed a visit to the Embassy of Finland, which included a visit from Santa himself who flown all the way from Lapland to visit Saara. Very festive!
Saara Aalto – “All I Want For Christmas is You”
Saara began the performance standing next to a merry-go-round-horse as she sang the introduction of “White Christmas”. As she stepped down and switched to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You”, the staging got into the festive spirit with toy soldier dancers and backing drummers on present shaped stages. Saara delivered a joyous seasonal performance and nailed the high note at the end.
Judges Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell continued the high praise for Saara despite finding the performance a little corny, but in a good way.
“I love the medley you did at the beginning, the intro is beautiful,” said Nicole. “Beautiful vocal control, you remind me of Kate Bush. You sang the best Christmas song ever and you did your thing on it. What’s so great about you is that you put a smile on my face and my heart.”
“Not only did you have a great voice, you have one of the best personalities for a long time,” said Simon. “Whatever you do, you do it with a sense of fun. It’s also your competitive spirit that I like, and you’ve done a massive turnaround from the first live show to now.”
Louis kept things relatively straightforward. “I think you are incredible. You’re a world class artist, because every week you bring something different and you never let us down.” He even managed to say “Everybody vote for Saara” in Finnish!
Saara Aalto – “Chandelier”
Saara’s second performance took us back to where it all started, as she performed her audition song, Sia’s “Chandelier”. Looking glamourous in her fairy light dress, Saara delivered the performance of her life with the thunderclouds backdrop adding that atmospheric emotion to her performance.
Saara’s audition performance had made Nicole want to “clap her ass” for her, and after the reprise performance Nicole began to regret selecting Saara as Sharon’s wildcard act. “You’re unbelivable. I have so much respect for you, your talent is in the stratosphere and I love a fighter.”
Tonight’s performance left Simon Cowell gobsmacked. “Oh bleep. I have to hand it to you Saara. Apart from the sily dress, it was absolutely sensational. I admire people who fight. I thought the arrangement was stunning, I have to hand it to you Sharon, you have given this girl confidence.”
“Saara, it’s very simple, you deserve to be in the final,” said Louis. “That was an amazing performance. I loved everything about you and everybody, vote for Saara.”
Sharon was left speechless and as she was overcome with emotion, the audience behind the judges chanted Saara’s name.
Saara Aalto has overtaken series favourite Matt Terry and is now the odds-on favourite to win The X Factor UK.
Vote for Saara Aalto
If you are in the UK, you can either vote by phone, mobile or on the X Factor app. Voting will close on Sunday during the live results show.
The bottom two acts will 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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So, what did you think of Saara Aalto on X Factor’s Christmas week? Can she win the show next week? Let us know in the comments below!