Who is Saara Aalto? Finland's Eurovision Cong Contest 2018 finalist, former X Factor contestant and Dancing on Ice 2019 star

Who is Saara Aalto? Finland's Eurovision Cong Contest 2018 finalist, former X Factor contestant and Dancing on Ice 2019 star

Here's everything you need to know about the self-confessed "snow fairy" who's competing on Dancing on Ice 2019

Who is Saara Aalto, how old is she and what is her background?

Saara Aalto is a 30-year-old singer from Oulunsalo in Finland, known for coming runner-up on The X Factor 2016, before being voted Finnish Person Of The Year.

She has been composing music since the age of five and represented Finland in the Eurovision song contest in 2011.

Before X Factor she came second in Finland's Got Talent in 2007 and The Voice of Finland in 2012, and she'd voiced numerous TV show characters as well.

Saara almost didn't get through to the X Factor live shows but she was picked by Nicole Scherzinger as a wildcard act, after she initially blew her away by singer Sia Chandelier in her first audition.

Saara's finalist campaign was struck a blow when her mentor Sharon, with whom she had a frosty relationship, snubbed the chance to join Saara on a homecoming campaign in Helsinki.

However, she still came a commendable second – and this year she also became a judge on the Finnish X Factor.

Sadly she also parted ways with Sony to join Warner Music Group after growing dissatisfied with her record deal.

What music has Saara Aalto released?

Saara has released a total of five albums between 2011 and 2015.

Her most recent album was a collaboration with her ex-boyfriend Teemu Roivainen.

Her single releases are nearly all in the English language and include You Raise Me Up, Feel Vegas and Blessed With Love.

She will be performing the song Monsters at Lisbon for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Who is Saara Aalto dating?

In October 2016, The Sun revealed that Sara had called off a nine-year relationship with Finnish singing superstar Teemu Roivainen to begin dating a gay female fan, Meri Sopanen.

The couple, who got engaged in August 2016, were at the centre of some controversy after the X Factor was accused of homophobia for not giving Meri any airtime in the semi-final of the show.

Despite the breakdown of their long-term relationship, Saara and Teemu remain good friends, and he even flew out to England to support his ex in the final.

On March 1 2017, Finland legalised same-sex marriage – and Saara celebrated by asking girlfriend Meri to marry her yet again.

The news delighted Saara's fans.

There is no word on when their wedding will be yet – though Saara has said it will "hopefully" happen in 2018.

They certainly won't need a wedding singer with Saara – who can sing the Frozen soundtrack in 16 different languages – around.

Is Saara Aalto competing in Dancing on Ice 2019?

Saraa is confirmed to take part in Dancing on ice 2019.

“Snow fairy is back and I’ll dance like nobody’s watching,” she wrote on Instagram. “I can finally tell you I’m doing @dancingonice UK.

“You know how much I like adventures… so this will be an amazing but challenging one.. skating in one of the biggest TV shows in the UK!! The UK has been my home for 2 years & you have all taken me under your wing and truly accepted me. Let’s do this together.”

When will Dancing on Ice 2019 start?

Dancing on Ice 2019 returns to ITV on Sunday January 6 at 6pm.

Phillip Schofield will be back to present the hit show once more alongside Holly Willoughby, who revealed the news of the show's return live on This Morning in late January.

Skating icons and current judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will return as judges, alongside Jason Gardiner and Ashley Banjo.

The next series is set to reunite Jason and Karen Barber seven years after their heated on-air row after former Olympic skater Karen has landed the role of head coach.

"Having been involved with the show since its very first series, it holds a lot of special memories to me and I'm looking forward to working with this year's celebrities as we start transforming them into skating stars," she said.

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