X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto to WIN? She's on course for an epic comeback

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Saara Aalto has become the second favourite to win The X Factor 2016.

It's an epic comeback for the singer, who was booed off the stage at six chair challenge, didn't originally get through to judges' houses and has been in the sing-off three times.

But a string of awesome performances has seen her become an ever growing popular contender in the race for this year's title.

The Finish singer has been somewhat of an outsider throughout her time in the competition but is now beginning to rival current favourite Matt Terry.

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Saara has pulled it back and in the nick of time as the show heads into its semi-final stages: She is now the 9/4 second favourite from 8/1 to win after punters rushed to back her on Saturday night, support which continued right through to Monday.

Long running favourite Matt remains the one to beat at odds of 4/6, but he has been eased from 1/2 as punters begin to go all in on Saara.

The remaining two contestants, Emily Middlemas and 5 After Midnight are both on offer at 8/1 to win.

Aoife Heffron from bookies BoyleSports commented: “Saara has been the 66/1 outsider and the favourite for numerous eliminations, but now she is the 9/4 second favourite to win X Factor 2016. We have been inundated with bets for Saara to win and her odds have been slashed from 8/1 to 4/1 to 11/4 and finally to her current 9/4 as punters continue to get behind the Finish singer over the weekend.”

She added “Matt Terry has been eased to 4/6 from 1/2 just ahead of the semi-finals as a result of many punters turning their backs on him. Despite remaining the red hot favourite to win, Saara could catch up to Matt should the support for her continue.”

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Historically, X Factor acts that that feature in the bottom two almost never win: James Arthur is the only one of the 12 champs to date to have ever been in a sing off.

But outside the UK, Samantha Jade won the Australian X Factor in 2012 after appearing in the bottom two three times just like Saara, proving it is possible.

We'll just have to wait and see, with The X Factor semi-finals on this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8PM.

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