The 31-year-old singer from Finland told how her bruises came after professional ice skating partner Hamish Gaman “grabbed her tightly” to practice lifts.
Speaking about her injuries exclusively to Express.co.uk, Saara revealed: “I’ve had mainly like big bruises!
“I had a huge black spot because Hamish is grabbing me so tightly. So I’m full of bruises!”
Revealing her reason for doing the show, Saara noted her life changed after The X Factor, and she is back searching for that TV buzz once more.
Saara said: “Well, I did The X Factor two years ago, which for me, changed my whole life completely and I’ve been living here since then.
“I just love challenges and because I had a good experience on The X Factor, I wanted to do it again.
“I want to try something else. I want to challenge myself, I want to learn a new skill.”
Saara stressed that just because she comes from Finland, where ice hockey is high up on the sporting agenda, does not mean she is an experience skater.
She said: “It is difficult. I have skated when I was a child, but it was just with our friends and our parents, no special technique.
“But now I’ve kind of had to learn skating from scratch again, like really learning the real technique. It’s so difficult.
“You have to think about everything and every muscle in your body – where to put it and what to do with it.”
Saara is also looking forward to seeing her outfits for the first time, but also noted her partner wants to “show-off” so is expecting plenty of daring lifts.
The star, who also came second in the first season of The Voice of Finland in 2012, continued: “I love a challenge and I love performing and doing crazy performances.
“I’m excited to see what I can do on the ice. What kind of outfits, what kind of songs.
“How to bring the showgirl in me alive on the ice. That’s the challenge that I want to see.
“My partner loves lifting. He’s really strong so he wants to show it off.
“I thought it was going to be easy because he’s really strong and I could stay there and look beautiful, but it’s not like that.”
However, the lifts are a constant concern, with Saara explaining: “I haven’t been able to sleep well in the last three weeks because I’m so scared.
“Every night I’m just thinking about the lifts I have to do on the ice. It’s so much more scary than I thought.”