X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto raves about her "soulmate" ahead of semi-final performance

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It's The X Factor 2016 semi-finals tonight and Saara Aalto is super excited.

Very much the underdog, Saara is one weekend away from the final at Wembley Arena.

Not bad for someone who originally didn't even make judges' houses.

"It was difficult when Sharon dropped me at the ‘Six Chair Challenge’ stage," Saara admitted this week of her knockback. "I feel that was because she didn’t know me well. She wasn’t at my first audition so she didn’t have the bond with me and didn’t know who I was.

"I was so sad that it was ending like that, but then Nicole chose me as a wild card. That was another amazing moment and I couldn’t believe it!

"Now I’m here and every performance has been my favourite performance of all time. I couldn’t choose which is my favourite because every one means so much."

Speaking to Maximum Pop, Saara went on to rave about her girlfriend Meri who has moved to the UK to help her on the show.

Saara said: "I got engaged 3 months ago. We’d been together for 2 and a half years. She’s my soulmate and we really enjoy being together. She works for me as well, taking care of the Finnish press.

"We’re a team and we do everything together. She even buys my clothes because she has a much better sense of fashion. She’s just amazing."

And Saara said the plan was to hopefully remain in the UK when the series is over.

She explained: "I really feel like I have something new to bring to the music industry because I’m from Finland.

"There aren’t any Finnish artists who are singing internationally so I could fill that gap in the market. I like everything I can bring from Finland, but I would like to stay here in the UK."

The X Factor 2016 airs LIVE on ITV tonight at 8PM with the latest live performances.

Then on Sunday night at 8PM the latest results will see another act leave, as well as performances from Lady Gaga and Zara Larsson.

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