She’s the Finnish singer who placed second on the X Factor UK and returned home as a national hero.
And on Tuesday Saara Aalto was still riding a high as she revealed that she will join the judging panel of X Factor Suomi.
The “No Fear” singer made the announcement on her Instagram account, explaining that auditions will take place this September, and that singers, rappers, bands and performers must submit their applications on the X Factor Suomi web site by July 31.
“BIG BIG announcement coming tomorrow,” she wrote on Monday evening, teasing today’s announcement. “So excited about all these new things in my life at the moment. Life is an adventure. Just keep on flying, it can sometimes be scary but you always end up where you are meant to be.”
“I have, since childhood, had the desire to do television,” she says on MTV Finland’s official X Factor web site. “I’ve always sung and did not know that I want to be a singer, but I have since childhood also shot my own television programs and forced my little sister to act in them. I starred in them, filmed them and worked as director.”
Saara certainly has reality singing show experience. She finished second in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu — Finland’s Eurovision pre-selection — in 2011 (with “Blessed with Love”) and 2016 (with “No Fear”). In 2012 she placed second on The Voice of Finland.
“I’m at least a mentor who knows how to come second!” she jokes. “Winning I’m not so sure, but I’ve been second five times.”
Saara joins a heavyweight panel of judges that includes rock-icon Michael Monroe, Finnish music superstar Suvi Teräsniska and rapper Mikael Gabriel.
In December, just days after the X Factor UK final, pop princess Saara revealed that she had signed not one, but two record deals.
At a press conference in Helsinki, Saara announced that she had signed with Sony Music UK — the record company that’s also home to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco.
But it didn’t stop there. The Nordic starlet also picked up a record deal in her home country with Sony Music Finland.
Speaking to YLE on December 12, Sony Finland’s managing director Wemppa Koivumäki cited Saara’s “global talent” and said that Finland “is too small a country for Saara.”
But he offered her a local deal anyway and Saara did not refuse.
Are you excited that Saara will be mentoring young Finnish talent? Are you already trying to figure out how you can watch the show from abroad? Let us know in the comments box below!