Saara Aalto leaves Simon Cowell for a new record deal

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

The X Factor's Saara Aalto has left Simon Cowell to sign a new record deal.

Speaking to The Sun, Saara confirmed: "I was honoured I was signed to Sony. But later I felt like they weren't the right team.

"When I met the people at Warner they were very excited about my style and making me into this big theatrical artist."

Photo credit: Eamonn M. McCormack / Getty Images
Photo credit: Eamonn M. McCormack / Getty Images

Fortunately, everything's still cool with Uncle Si, as Saara explained: "He knows. I'm doing X Factor Finland, so I'm still part of the Sony family."

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Saara – who came second to Matt Terry on The X Factor – was making a return to the programme in her home country of Finland.

"They haven't had The X Factor in Finland for 10 years. But because I was on it and it was such a hit, they decided to bring it back and have me as a judge," she explained.

Photo credit: Thames/Syco Entertainment / ITV
Photo credit: Thames/Syco Entertainment / ITV

"I'll be like Simon. I'm going to be quite strict because I'm very ambitious and I will see if the acts have ambition or not.

"If they don't, I will tell them they need to go. I know this business needs ambition and commitment."

Meanwhile, Simon is keen to get Cheryl back on The X Factor, according to Liam Payne, father of baby Bear.

Liam said: "Cheryl and Simon spoke about her going back next year," he said. "Obviously Simon is desperate to get her back."

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