After years of declining ratings and rumours it may be cancelled, it’s been confirmed that the X Factorwill return in 2019 – but not as we know it.
Instead of its usual incarnation, where singers audition in front of the judges in the hope of winning a record deal, music mogul Simon Cowell has since announced the show will be split into two, shorter programmes – one ‘All Stars’ edition made up of former contestants and winners, and one celebrity version of the show.
However, Dancing on Ice finalist Saara Aalto, who was runner-up on the show in 2016, believes it may be better to just cancel the X Factor for a few years to refresh the format, as it’s too similar to rival singing shows such as The Voice.
Saara Aalto (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other journalists ahead of the Dancing on Ice final, the 31-year-old explained, “I think it’s good that they’ve changed things [but] I think they should just give it a rest for a couple of years and come back to it.
“It’s too early,” she said. “I only starred on the show a couple of years ago. I could do it in 10 years.
“I think they should try some contestants from series before mine.”
But Saara teased she was interested in a role on the judging panel, having played the role on the Finnish version of The X Factor in 2018 and won the series with her category.
“I would love to be a judge on X Factor UK. I have done competitions a bit too much now, I think,” she said.
“I would like to be on the other side of the table. I have the experience of being a contestant and so I’m a good judge. I can help people.”
However, she added that she found The X Factor to be one of the “hardest times” in her life, adding that living in the X Factor house was “a nightmare.”
“Both Dancing on Ice and The X Factor have been hard,” she said. “But The X Factor was different. It was about my whole career, it was about my life.
“Every single week I was fighting for my life. My dream was to always be an international singer and I was on X Factor trying to prove I can do it. This is physically and mentally super hard, but it’s not so serious.”
The X Factor is scheduled to return to ITV later this year
Dancing on Ice concludes on Sunday 10th March at 6pm on ITV