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X Factor’s Saara Aalto calls for ‘more LGBT people on TV’

The singer wants Simon Cowell to add an LGBT person to the X Factor judging panel.

By Fabio Crispim

X Factor 2016 runner-up Saara Aalto has called for more LGBT people on TV after discussing the reality show’s judging panel this year. 

In a new interview with the Metro, Aalto, who represented Finland at this year’s Eurovision Content, urged Simon Cowell to add an LGBT person to the X Factor judging panel, saying: “There should be more LGBT people on TV.”

Turns out, the 31-year-old already has someone in mind, adding: “They should have me there. I was a judge on Finnish X Factor. My girl won. So basically, I’m quite successful as a judge. I gave my acts singing lessons because I wanted to help them, I really did my best in that job.” 

Aalto then explained that she’s impressed with the current judging panel, which includes of Simon Cowell, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field. 

She said: “I do like the judging panel, I think it’s really interesting how they’ve changed everything. I love Robbie, he was at my judges’ houses – Sharon [Osborne] was my mentor, and Robbie was there as a guest.”

“For me, it was crazy because he is a big star in Finland, and I never expected to meet him. He was super nice. I was definitely star struck. He tweeted about me during the first live shows when I did ‘Let It Go’.

“It was the first celebrity tweet I got,” she added.