X Factor AXED as Simon Cowell calls time on show after 17 years

X Factor AXED after 17 years

7/29/2021 12:05:00 AM

X Factor AXED after 17 years

SIMON Cowell is axing The X Factor after 17 years. The ITV juggernaut excited us with a string of talented newcomers — many now established stars of pop and TV. It last aired in 2018 and is now bei…

11X Factor was first aired in 2004 with judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne and Louis WalshCredit: ITV11X Factor was last aired in 2018 with Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Simon Cowell and Louis Tomlinson on the judging panelCredit: PA:Press Association

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Simon Cowellfor at least five years.But sources close to the 61-year-old music mogul believe The X Factor is “unlikely” to return to UK screens.Simon will now focus on a newbig-money gameshow called Walk The Line.A show insider said of X Factor: “Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale.

“Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it.“Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke — especially in contrast to the show in its pomp. headtopics.com

“It is still on the back-burner and there’s the option to return it in 2023, with auditions next summer, but a lot will ride on his new format Walk The Line.”'SLIGHTLY STALE'Simon’s new gameshow is a six-part series expected to fill a prime-time Saturday night slot.

Described as a “high octane, nail-biting” format, it will see contestants perform in front of Cowell and a celebrity judging panel.The top two performers of the night can either cash out with a “life-changing” sum of money — or stay in the competition, and risk losing the money should they be eliminated at the next stage. The insider said of the show: “There are high hopes for it — and it will air this winter.”

An ITV source added: “There is a lot of money at stake and the concept is fantastic — it’s a bit like a musical version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?“But it’s a gameshow not a talent show, and it’s important to stress it’s not being eyed as a direct replacement for The X Factor.”

11Leona Lewis won the third series and her single Bleeding Love was global hitCredit: Rex Features11Despite coming third in 2010, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne have sold 70million records worldwideCredit: Ken McKay headtopics.com

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Alexandra Burke duetted with Beyoncé in the 2008 final, which she wonCredit: ITVThe source added: “The X Factor is one of a kind and, even in its final year, was getting pretty great numbers compared to other shows.“But everyone is hopeful the public get on board with Walk The Line and it becomes an ITV staple. Obviously the door is not shut entirely on The X Factor, but everyone is very much concentrating on finalising new and exciting formats, rather than looking back at the past.

“The feeling is that whilst it will continue to air internationally it won’t be returning over here.”At its peak The X Factor was regularly drawing in 12million viewers on Saturday nights.The music contest was first broadcast in 2004 and won by Steve Brookstein, now 52.

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Should have been axed 17 years ago. That only means there is worse trash to come Hurrah So has it been axed or not.... 'there's the option for it to return in 2023' What shite journalism 😂😂 K GOOD. What a bunch of Rigga Morris it was. Woo woo Oh dear had gone down kill tbf

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Thank god…..thought it had already gone! What next Pop idols? No loss I never noticed. Thought it died ages ago, the last winners I remember were Little Mix Thank goodness 🙏 The Axed Factor Good now get rid of Love Island next. Good Good Thank goodness

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