X Factor boss Simon Cowell welcomes foreign acts winning the show


X Factor boss Simon Cowell says he'd welcome Saara Aalto winning this year's show.

There have been complaints from some about foreign acts competing in the UK series but the show chief, who is the only judge without an act in this year's final, says he "doesn't mind".

“I don’t mind at all. People from different countries have won Britain’s Got Talent, it doesn’t make any difference," Simon said. “It shows what we are like as a show and what the audience is like – welcoming. I like that.”

Saara, from Finland, added: “The competition is about singing and good performers. It doesn’t matter where I come from.”

Meanwhile, Simon has confirmed reports that the X Factor judges are set to all return next year - assuming they want to.

"They have been a breeze, I’ve really enjoyed working with them," said Simon, who remarked he wanted to keep the current panel "forever".

“They are fun, we go out for dinner together. When you’ve done this a number of years then of course you have your favourites, it’s not like it used to be," Simon told The Sun newspaper. “We enjoy each others’ company, they are very nice people. I would keep them forever. I mean, Louis may only have five years left.

“I’ve got them something for Christmas, it’s a surprise, something special.”

Alongside Saara, boy band 5 After Midnight and Matt Terry remain on the X Factor 2016 and the race to the final is on.

It's shaping up to be the closest run EVER with all three having both been top of the vote and in the sing off.

The X Factor is back this Saturday and Sunday on ITV from 8PM live from Wembley Arena.

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