X Factor was reportedly phased out after 17 years.
Simon Cowell, 61, is said to have pulled the plug on the ITV talent show – which last aired in 2018 – because he doesn’t want it to “become a bit of a joke”.
While across the world the format is still successful, it appears the music mogul has accepted that in the UK “it has gone slightly out of date” and therefore decided to “put it aside” for a while. five years, but sources say it is now “unlikely” to ever return.
What!? X Factor was reportedly deleted after 17 years
An insider on the show told The Sun, “Around the world, it’s still a phenomenon and brings in millions every year. But in the UK there is no doubt that it has become slightly outdated.
“Simon stays at the top of his game and knows how to make a sure hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his calling – not ITV’s – whether or not he gives it up.
“Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to shut down with a whimper and become a bit of a joke – especially unlike the show in its pomp. ”
The source explained that there is the possibility for Simon to return the talent show in 2023, which would see auditions take place next summer, but the entrepreneur would be focused on his new game show Walk The Line.
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In March, Dermot O’Leary, 47, said something new! X Factor magazine: “I don’t see him coming back this year. If he comes back, it will be 2022 – maybe 2023. ‘
The presenter admitted that he was missing the filming of the show, which launched in 2004, adding, “You miss it, definitely. You have worked with people for almost 10 years and you become a very close-knit team.
“And you miss the buzz of a Saturday night show. There is something awesome about it.
The father-of-one has been hosting the show since 2007, succeeding former host Kate Thornton, who was a presenter from 2004 to 2006.
Dermot has hosted every series since, with the exception of 2015 when he was replaced by former contestant Olly Murs and late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.
The talent streak was cut short in 2020 when the coronavirus hit, making it impossible to produce the show, which involves mass rallies for open public hearings.
It comes after Simon brought The X Factor: Celebrity to screens in 2019, which saw famous faces showcase their vocal talents while competing for a recording deal with Simon’s main music label, Syco.
Megan McKenna was crowned winner of the show and released her own music.
Farewell for now: In March, Dermot O’Leary, (right), hinted that The X Factor might not return until 2023, saying: “If he does return, it will be 2022 – maybe 2023 ”