X Factor's Saara Aalto and her girlfriend get cosy with Nicole Scherzinger

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X Factor's Saara Aalto has thanked fans for keeping her out of the bottom three.

Sunday night saw Saara escape the sing off for the first time this series.

And she celebrated by posting a video message for fans, alongside a picture of herself with her girlfriend and Nicole Scherzinger.

Saara told her supporters in the video: "People, what you just did for me was something so beautiful.

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"I was so, so, so happy. I was so surprised when they called my name. I'm so happy! Oh my god, thank you for believing in me.

"Next week I'm going to work so hard! Thank you so, so, so much, so much!"

The Finnish star followed the clip up with a selfie featuring her partner and Nicole.

Saara captioned the picture: "When I first met my girl she had Nicole's picture on her lock screen (that's how much she loves her… And I was a bit jealous).”

She added: “One of the best moments yesterday was when my fiancee @merisopanen met the love of her life @nicolescherzy."

Saara revealed earlier this month she and her girlfriend were now set to tie the knot after meeting during The Voice of Finland in 2012.

"The wedding plans are on hold until after The X Factor, but she is over here at the moment to support me," Saara told The Sun newspaper. "She works as my manager in Finland. Well, assistant, manager, driver, stylist, promoter – she does everything for me, she is amazing.

"We met when I was on The Voice Of Finland and she was watching the show. She felt some kind of connection, so sent me a message through Facebook. We were friends at first but have been a couple for two years."

Speaking to the tabloid, Saara said that coming out to the public was a big step, especially in her native country.

She told the newspaper: "My family were very supportive but it was a very big thing for me to come out publicly because I was already known in Finland and I used to have a boyfriend, who was my producer.

"Nobody knew that I would be with a girl, but I don’t put labels on my sexuality.

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"On my 28th birthday, I couldn’t keep it a secret any more, so I posted a picture of us together.

"We actually don’t have any female couples in the spotlight in Finland, so the whole country just went crazy!"

The X Factor is back next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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