She secured her place in the final on last night’s results show and saw her odds of winning X Factor UK 2016 narrow yet again.
But on Monday — just days before she heads off to Wembley Arena for the final weekend of the series — Saara Aalto flew to Helsinki for her X Factor homecoming.
Hundreds of excited fans greeted her at Helsinki Airport, waving posters with her name, Finnish flags and bouquets of flowers as they shouted “We love Saara!” and chanted her name.
The X Factor crew were there to capture every moment. This is going to make such sweet viewing.
Saara, who was visibly moved by the love and support from her fans, seemed overwhelmed as she greeted a mob of reporters who brayed at her with their microphones, dictaphones and notepads.
The former Eurovision hopeful shared a snap on Instagram showing her in the middle of the chaos, adding the caption: “Back in Finland!! It was insane and so great to see all those people at the airport! Can’t wait for the evening!! Nähdään Senaatintorilla klo19.”
— Helsinki Airport (@HelsinkiAirport) December 5, 2016
The Finnish-language bit of her post explains that she’ll be appearing — and presumably singing — in Helsinki’s Senate Square from 19:00 local time, which you can see below.
Photo: YLE.fi / Timo Korhonen / AOP