THE X Factor has changed SAARA AALTO’s life in more ways than she could imagine.
The show’s 2016 runner-up has bagged a huge record deal with Warner, a slot on next year’s Eurovision Song Contest — and, more surprisingly, a new brother.
Saara Aalto and her brother, far left, and the rest of the family BEAK COMMS PR The Finnish singer said her long-lost brother contacted her after spotting her on the X Factor
I can reveal that the Finnish singer has discovered a secret sibling, called Mikael, who came forward after spotting a family likeness while watching her on the ITV talent show.
Saara’s dad later confessed he had a one-night stand before he met Saara’s mother — and a DNA test has confirmed the two are related.
In an exclusive interview in Finland’s capital Helsinki, Saara revealed: “It is crazy. I lived in the same hometown as Mikael for 18 years but then it was being on an international TV show that brought us together.
“Everybody asks me, ‘Did X Factor change your life?’.
BEAK COMMS PR Saara will represent Finland at next year's Eurovision Song Contest
“And now I’m like, ‘More than you know’.
“One small decision, for me to get on a flight from Finland to the UK — I had no idea how that one small thing could just change my whole life forever.
“I can’t believe this is all happening now when I have Eurovision, my new label and so many things going on — and now I have a new brother.
“It’s an amazing surprise, there’s nothing negative about it. I’m just super-happy to have a new person in my life.”
Despite this, Saara admitted that she was initially “shocked” when her mother first called to tell her she might have a secret brother.
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However, Saara, who came second to MATT TERRY in X Factor last year, said she instantly gelled with her new sibling when they first met. She added: “Me and my little sister flew from Helsinki to Oulu where we all met.
“I think he fits into our family so well that it felt so natural. His personality is so similar to ours.
“This whole story is so amazing and weird so of course all of us were speechless and I was just staring at Mikael thinking, ‘He looks exactly like my dad’.
“His smile and his eyes are just like mine — it feels so weird.
BEAK COMMS PR The popstar said she and her brother have lots in common, including a love of Japanese
“He he is a guitarist. My dad plays the guitar and my brother plays the guitar and now my new brother plays the guitar, so it’s like all the men in my family play.
“He is studying to be an English teacher and his second language is Japanese, which is really weird because I love and speak Japanese. We have so much in common.”
The incredible life change has inspired Saara to write new music for her album.
She said: “We’ve been laughing that this is the plot to a new musical — it’s like a film script.
“Good inspiration for a song, too. Of course my album will be full of my own stories so I think I should write a song about this actually.”
It’s a back story that the X Factor would be proud of.
Former X Factor star Saara Aalto reveals she can sing Frozen in 16 different languages – and Christine Lampard is amazed
Gigi Hadid for a fall
HER job is strutting down the catwalk – but GIGI HADID is now struggling to walk at all.
She tripped while leaving her New York apartment for the Glamour Women of the Year bash. But luckily she had her sister
BELLA to catch her – and later had wise words for other young women with big dreams.
Splash News Gigi Hadid takes a tumble on her way out of her New York apartment Splash News Thankfully the model's sister Bella was on hand to help her Splash News Gigi manages to get back on her feet… but the floor-length gown can't have helped Getty Images – Getty The sisters attended the Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York
She told the audience at the event: “Just because I’m here, winning this award, doesn’t mean I have it all figured out. If you don’t feel strong every day, that’s OK. That’s normal.
“Something could happen that could change the course of your day, your week, your life.”
I don’t think I’ll take my advice on life from the Hadids, if that’s all right.
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LOVE AT FIRST SYKES
GET ME IN THERE!
RUMBLE IN JUNGLE
to lag and to hold
no love lost
'WE'LL FIND YOU DARLING GIRL'
ONE TO WATCH
MUM'S THE WORD
THE ONE 4 GREGG
Ex on the Tee
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- GET ME IN THERE!
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- no love lost
- 'WE'LL FIND YOU DARLING GIRL'
- ONE TO WATCH
- MUM'S THE WORD
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- FOOD FANATIC
- THE ONE 4 GREGG
- Ex on the Tee
- Food for thought
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