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'X Factor' 2016 Contestant Saara Aalto Reveals She Left Boyfriend For Female Superfan

She dated Finnish singer Teemu Roivainen for nine years.

05/10/2016 13:13

X Factor’ contestant Saara Aalto has told of how she left her boyfriend of nine years to begin a relationship with a female fan. 

The talent show hopeful, who landed a place in the final 12 last weekend following Sharon Osbourne’s Judges’ Houses, opened up to The Sun about how she dumped famous Finnish singer Teemu Roivainen to date fan Meri Sopanen, who she is now engaged to.

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However, it was a year before the pair met, when Meri came to one of Saara’s concerts, where she said they “started talking and realised [we] just shared the same view of life.”

The couple have since been together for two years, and announced their engagement earlier this summer. 

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Saara also revealed that she has remained on good terms with Teemu, and the trio are actually the best of friends. 

Saara previously caused outrage among ‘X Factor’ fans when her extensive experience as a recording artist was uncovered, following her first audition. 

As well as finishing second on ‘The Voice Finland’, she has an impressive discography and also attempted to represent her home country at Eurovision in 2011 and 2015. 

An ‘X Factor’ spokesperson later played down the controversy, telling the Daily Mail: “Anyone can apply for ‘The X Factor’ whether they are professional or amateur, irrespective of their past experience and all contestants are auditioned on merit.

“Saara mentioned during her audition that she had been singing for a while but hadn’t yet had the break she had been looking for.”

‘The X Factor’ airs on Saturday (8 October) and Sunday at 8pm on ITV. 

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