X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto reveals she's received abuse 'for being foreign'


X Factor 2016 contestant Saara Aalto has revealed she's been receiving hate for being foreign.

The Finnish singer has had a bit of a rough journey on this year's show after originally wowing the judges at the auditions.

She then had a poor show at the Six Chair Challenge where she was BOOED by the live audience and sent home by mentor Sharon Osbourne.

But Saara then got brought back as a wild card and made the live shows.


From there Saara was in the sing off twice for the first two weeks and received hate from viewers.

"I hoped people would forget where I’m from. The competition is about singing and good performers," Saara said this weekend. "I hoped people would take me as I am. It doesn’t matter where I come from."

She recalled: "There were people saying ‘why is she coming here?’. The thing is, Finland is such a small country. It only has a population of five million, which is half of London. There’s nothing there. I just had to get out. The UK is the perfect place to come."

Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper, Saara continued: “It is hard being the only foreign act. When I came here I moved to London and I was meeting so many new people and had to speak only in English which is not my native language.

“I had to work double hard all the time because of that."

However Saara has since avoided the bottom three altogether after some rather wacky performances.


She said: “I feel like I’m finally home and people are starting to get behind me. I’m so relieved and so grateful. I think the more people see me, the more they get to know me.

“The team at X Factor support me and they want me to be who I am. It’s the first time in my life I’ve had that kind of support. I feel like I can breathe here.”

The X Factor 2016 continues tonight at 8PM on ITV with the latest results show.

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