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Saara Aalto will join the judging panel on Finland’s relaunch of “The X Factor Suomi”

Towards the end of last year, we followed Saara Aalto’s remarkable journey on The X Factor UK. Despite appearing in the bottom three on three separate occasions, the former UMK runner-up eventually won over the British public. After winning the vote in both the quarter-final and the semi-final, Saara went on to finish in second place in the final. She subsequently signed record deals with Sony Music UK and Sony Music Finland.

From X Factor contestant to X Factor judge!

Today, Saara has announced that she is going to become one of the four judges on the Finnish version of The X Factor. So far, only one series of X Factor Finland has been aired and this took place back in 2010. However, Saara’s appearance on the British version of the show last year received massive interest from the Finnish public. Towards the end of the series, the show aired live on Finnish TV. Therefore, MTV3 in Finland has embraced this popularity to relaunch their own version of the show.

“I know what it takes to go through a competition like this”

Saara is overwhelmed with this opportunity, expressing her delight on her Facebook page:

The show will air in spring 2018

Saara is being joined on the judging panel by Michael Monroe, Mikael Gabriel and Suvi Teräsniska. The deadline for artists to apply for the show is July 31st, with auditions taking place in September. The show will air on MTV3 in Finland in spring 2018.

Are you pleased that Saara has been given this opportunity? In addition, do you think she’ll be the perfect judge considering her previous reality TV show experience? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and via our social media channels @ESCXTRA!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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