X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto makes an epic homecoming in Finland

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X Factor's Saara Aalto has become the first of this year's finalists to make her homecoming gig.

Less than 24 hours after finding out she was in the final, Saara was in her home country of Finland for a VERY special performance.

On Sunday night, viewers backed Saara to become one of this year's final three and she couldn't have been happier.

In a video message posted to Twitter, Saara thanked fans: "People we made it, we made it together, thank you so much everybody, thank you for voting!

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"Next week is going to be the craziest week in my life and I'm going to do many things I've never done before and they're all for you.

"I hope you have a great week! I just can't wait, thank you so much, I'm so grateful thank you, thank you."

Saara tonight (Monday) performed on the Helsinki Cathedral steps at the St Thomas Christmas Market in Senate Square, Helsinki (in Finland, obvs).

And it's fair to say more than a few people turned up to see her, with Saara mobbed by fans and press as soon as she stepped off her plane.

"Good morning!!😍This Is it! You helped me make this come true!Thank you❤️Now Finland, Torilla tavataan klo19! 😘🎅🏻" Saara tweeted. "Back in Finland! It was insane and so great to see all those people at the airport ! 😍😍😍😅 Can't wait for the evening!!!"

At the event, Saara performed a number of songs from the X Factor live shows including Winner Takes It All, Chandelier and Let It Go.

In the final this weekend she's set to perform alongside Adam Lambert in a bid to win the show.

Saara is one of three acts left on The X Factor 2016 going through to the final at Wembley Arena at the weekend.

Tuesday will see boy band 5 After Midnight make their homecoming in Leicester while Matt Terry will be performing at his gig in Bromley on Wednesday.

The X Factor 2016 final airs this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8PM.

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