The X Factor 2016
Saara Aalto and Matt Terry have made it through to the X Factor final ITV/The X Factor

With the X Factor final in touching distance, the last three acts took to the stage on Saturday night (10 December) in a bid to seize the X Factor crown.

Matt Terry, Saara Aalto and 5 After Midnight were prepared to fight it out and brought in the big guns for a series of star-studded duets as they took to the stage at Wembley Arena.

But it was always going to be Finnish star Saara's night, as she put on a display of showmanship that had all the hallmarks of a superstar in the making.

Opening the show 5 After Midnight channeled their inner Beyoncé for a performance of Crazy in Love.

Looking every inch like a ready-made boy band, they gave the audience a reminder of their natural singing and dancing talent, that has seen them win over the judges and the public since their very first audition.

"The audience is CRAZY IN LOVE with you guys," said Sharon Osbourne.

Bromley boy Matt Terry too brought his A game, showing off his falsetto to full effect singing Jess Glynne's hit Take Me Home. Collaborating with mentor Nicole Scherzinger for a rendition of Prince's Purple Rain in a "diva-off" he described the opportunity to share the stage with the ex Pussycat Dolls singer as the 'most incredible experience'.

But there was nothing that could compare with Saara's powerful vocals, which paired with her undeniable stage presence and theatrics, left the audience in raptures.

Singing the Lorde hit Everybody Wants To Rule The World she displayed all the fighting spirit of a champion as she belted out an original rendition of the song.

If that wasn't enough, for her second performance she took on Queen, playing piano for her version of the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Queen singer Adam Lambert joined her for a sensational duet, standing on top the piano as they both displayed their extraordinary vocals, with Saara matching him note-for-note.

Commenting on her performance Lambert declared unequivocally: "She's a superstar!" It came as no surprise to anyone that she was first through to the final.

"This is the best feeling! Thank you people for voting for us," she screamed with unbridled joy.

There were star turns for the final with The Weeknd performing live. Louis Tomlinson broke a million hearts as he fought back tears to take to the X Factor stage, performing his debut solo track just three days after the passing of his mother Johannah Deakins.

And of course there was an opportunity to revisit the auditionees who didn't make the grade from Mr Saturday Night to camp double act Brattavio.

And the X Factor final would not be complete without an appearance by Honey G. The controversial self-styled rapper from North Weezy who has dominated the series took the stage, chanting once more for the haters her catchphrase "I Say Honey ... You Say G", as she announced her debut album The Honey G Show.

While there's no stopping Honey G, it was the end of the road for 5 After Midnight, as Matt Terry took the second coveted spot in the final. Overwhelmed as his name was announced he was left speechless.

Gracious in the face of defeat the ever affable 5 After Midnight boys had no complaints about coming third in the TV talent show. "It's been the best experience ever. There' s been so much support, so much love and now we hope for the best.

As Matt Terry and Saara Aalto go head-to-head for the X Factor crown, the party is just getting started in Finland.