Simon Cowell confirms The X Factor return amid fears the talent show will be axed
The XFactor has helped launch a host of stars into the music industry during its 15 years on ITV, and Simon Cowell says a comeback for the talent show is definitely on the cards
The X Factor will return to television, confirmed Simon Cowell.
Music mogul Simon Cowell, whose company produces the show, has announced his return, which will be welcome news for thousands of hopefuls ready to hit the stage for the opportunity of a lifetime.
The ITV-aired show was hugely successful with 15 strong runs, with each winner landing a lucrative contract and a all-important one-off.
The show last aired in 2018 and has been on indefinite hiatus ever since, leaving fans and future stars ready for its return.
Addressing OK! he said, “This year was the first year since we took it off the air where I realized how much I really, really miss it,” he said.
“And I think the audience, too. It was – and is – a brilliant show. And there’s no doubt he’ll be back.”
He added: “I think we did the right thing by putting it to rest because it was a huge show to produce and I think people were tired.”
He says the decision was made “partly because he wanted to spend more time with his family”, including his son Eric, seven, and his partner Lauren Silverman.
But Simon has remained tight-lipped about when a potential XFactor return might begin production.
Fans of the show, however, got an offer of a revamped format in 2019 as The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, which featured well-known celebrities showing off their singing careers, hit the screen.
Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, the usual faces Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh were on the judging panel while celebrities such as Vinnie Jones, Jenny Ryan, Martin Bashir, Kevin McHale and Ricki Lake all took part.
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And it was TOWIE star Megan McKenna who won the show, landing a recording contract after garnering 46.3% of the vote.
The original X Factor also launched the careers of people like Steve Brookstein in 2004, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle, Ollie Murs and the bands Little Mix and of course One Direction.
Meanwhile, the main show also resulted in the popular spin-off show The Xtra Factor, which aired on ITV2 between 2004 and 2016 alongside the main show on Saturday and Sunday nights.
The series has had a number of different presenters over the years, including Ben Shephard, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Konnie Huq, Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom, and finally Rylan Clark- Neal and Matt Richardson.