X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto and Charlotte Church share a surprise connection

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The X Factor's Saara Aalto has revealed just how she got into singing.

Despite being based in Finland, the singer has a secret connection with Wales and can even sing in Welsh.

Speaking ahead of Saturday night's final, Saara also spilled how it was Charlotte Church who first got her into music.

"I love Wales and was a fan of Charlotte Church when I was 15," Saara explained. "I went to singing lessons because of her and I've been singing in Welsh actually.

"I love Wales and can't wait to get to Cardiff in the tour, I'm a huge fan of Wales!"

On the campaign trail in the run up to the weekend's live shows, Saara continued: "When you're in The X Factor bubble, you don't really know what people are thinking about you, it's so nice to see people here supporting me."

Having been in the sing-off for the first two weeks of the competition, Saara's chances looked doomed from the start but she's since become the favourite to win.

Bookmaker Coral report today that throughout the contest, the Finnish singer’s odds have crashed from 100-1 right down to 8-13.

A win for the singer will give many punters an early Christmas present, including one female punter from Bristol who stands to win £8,000 after she placed a £100 bet on the 29-year-old when she was priced at 80-1.

Long-running favourite Matt Terry has now been demoted to second favourite at 5-2 while 5 After Midnight are priced at 5-1.

"This year's X Factor crown is Saara's to lose now, after her rapid rise in popularity in recent weeks," said Coral's Nicola McGeady.

"The support she has received has certainly caught us off guard and we are facing one of our biggest X Factor pay-outs if she wins," added McGeady.

The X Factor final airs this weekend at 8PM on ITV.

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