Saara Aalto's girlfriend got her on X Factor after failed Eurovision bid

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Saara Aalto has revealed how it was her girlfriend who got her onto The X Factor 2016.

Saara, who got engaged to partner Meri just before the live shows, previously competed in The Voice of Finland and tried to represent her home country at Eurovision... twice.

Discussing Saara auditioning for The X Factor, Meri told OK! magazine this week: "It was my idea, I think this show is much better than Eurovision because that is only one song, but you can show every side of you on X Factor."

Saara added: "I tried to get to the Eurovision Song Contest twice in Finland, but I was always second."

However Saara's journey on The X Factor hasn't been the smoothest with three appearances in the sing off to date.

Saara told the magazine: "I loved all my sing-offs. For me, it's been a great journey. Of course it's been a very tough one but I am so grateful.

"I know it maybe wasn't easy for the British public to vote for me in the beginning because they didn't have a connection with me. I think that's pretty normal."

She added: "Now I feel like they've seen me do different things and understand me."

Indeed.

So much so that one HUGE Saara fan has even got a tattoo of her face on their arm.

On the Xtra Factor, Saara came face to face with, err, her face and it left her rather confused.

"And he has to look at my face for the rest of his life?" she reacted. "Huh.

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"Oh my, that is the craziest thing I've ever seen and heard."

This weekend it's the Quarter Finals and, for the first time this year, the remaining top five acts will be singing two songs each.

The X Factor 2016 continues live this Saturday and Sunday night at 8PM on ITV with Louis Loves week.

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