Who is Saara Aalto? Meet the Dancing on Ice contestant and singer

Can the former X Factor contestant follow in winner Jake Quickenden’s footsteps?

TV’s chilliest reality contest is heading back to the ice after a successful revamp in 2018.

Dancing on Ice has confirmed that one of ITV’s other reality show stars, Saara Aalto, will be taking part in 2019.

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Age: 31

Occupation: Singer

Best known for: Finnish singer and songwriter Saara Aalto first found fame in the UK as one of The X Factor 2016’s contestants.

Her quirky style was a hit with audiences and she managed to bag the runner-up spot, just behind winner Matt Terry.

Before her X Factor success, Saara had tried out twice for the Eurovision Song Contest, competed in the Finnish version of Britain’s Got Talent, released an album in China, and had placed second in reality contest The Voice of Finland.

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She also provided the voice for Finnish versions of characters in children’s TV series Pokemon and Hey Duggee.

The X Factor has stepped her career up once more and made her a superstar at home, where she is a judge on the Finnish X Factor and represented Finland at Eurovision in 2018.

She said: "I'm super excited about this, I love new challenges and I'm very ambitious. I can be very competitive, but I mainly want to challenge myself. I'll be saying to myself 'Saara, you need to push yourself more!' I am so ready for this and I can't wait to get on the ice."

 

Partner: Hamish Gaman

 

Most memorable moment: Saara completed an amazing first on Dancing on Ice when she sang during a performance, belting out Let It Go from Frozen while she skated.

She's also taken on some mind-boggling lifts and spins, including the newly-invented "bladebanger" which divided opinion on the judging panel.

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Placed: TV contest queen Saara made it all the way to the final of the 2019 competition and was the last female celebrity left on the ice. She eventually placed a very respectable third overall.

Dancing on Ice returns to ITV in January 2019.

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