With The X Factor: Celebrity in full swing, there’s another version of the show coming. However, it won’t be the All-Star version we were told about.
Speaking to The Sun, Simon Cowell has said he is scrapping ‘X Factor All-Stars’ and will be replacing it with X Factor The Band to compete with Little Mix’s talent show on BBC One The Search, which is set to air next year.
The show will be on the hunt for the next big new girl group and boy band. Auditions will be taking place at Sony Music in London and the live shows taking place at Birmingham Arena.
“I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management,” Simon said. “I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021. Then we had the fallout and find out Little Mix were bringing their show forward.
“Was that intentional because we are doing our show? I have no idea. But regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first. It 100% makes it more exciting there being a battle.”
The Sun also reports that while Louis Walsh and Paula Abdul agreed to do the All-Star version of the show, he will be looking at his opinions for judges for X Factor: The Band.
Cowell slammed reports that ITV was looking to axe the show, claiming a new deal is just days away from being officially announced. He went on to say there could be THREE versions of X Factor next year.
“There is every possibility next year there could be three X Factor shows – Celebrity, All Stars and another group show,” he said. “The important thing about why ITV is supporting us is that it’s the young people watching us. ITV is thrilled. There’s a lot of confidence back in the format now.”
X Factor: Celebrity airs Saturdays at 8:20 p.m. on ITV.