Simon Cowell is making major changes to The X Factor in order to bring back viewers after its struggles in recent years, it has been revealed.
According to The Sun, the number of live shows will be cut from ten down to six with acts being eliminated on both Saturday and Sunday night shows. The change to the live shows come after the Sunday night results-only show got low ratings.
“The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring,” a source told the newspaper. “Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed.”
The change also will see more celebrity star performances as they will perform on both shows. While filming has already begun for the audition rounds, it is understood Simon is making changes to those as well.
Simon is also discouraging so-called novelty acts after viewers were left fuming Honey G made it to the final five last year. Some saw the show as a ‘laughing stock’ and was not taken seriously.
“They don’t want the show to be a laughing stock again like it was with Honey G. Bosses are determined to make another star.”
The auditions for the upcoming series will be at Thorpe Park.
“They are doing the Thorpe Park auditions early on too, because producers think the unconventional location will create some funny footage,” the source revealed.
It is also being reported that parts of the Bootcamp stage of the competition will now be performed in front of a studio audience.
The X Factor returns to ITV in the autumn.