The X Factor is back this Autumn with a brand new set of singing contestants hoping to win the show.
Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh are back alongside Simon Cowell with Mr Saturday Night himself, Dermot O’Leary, returning as host.
Simon Cowell has teased a shake up of the format after 14 years on television.
“I think you have to realise what the contestants are in it for, why do so many people enter? I think if you just make the same show each year it becomes boring and predictable.
So you try and make changes for the better, not everything works but some ideas we’ve got for the live shows are going to be good.”
Simon also revealed the talent “feels different” this year.
“Sometimes you have to check yourself and go, ‘Why did we make the show in the first place?’. We made the show to be fun to watch but also to do something where people who couldn’t get a record deal could get what they needed to give themselves a head start. It worked.
“I think this year we’ve put the emphasis back on them, it’s all about them, their personalities, their originality, let them be the stars of the show.”
Simon wanted to sign someone ‘on the spot’ after their audition, and has teased what’s in store for them.
“I saw a couple of people in Edinburgh who, outside of the show, I would have signed. I have to be careful because I jinx it! Whenever I say someone’s amazing, I set myself up for a fall or them up for a fall.”
“The truth is, I don’t think, at this stage, that there’s anything such as a perfect audition, I think you see potential. They can make bad song choices, but then you remember why they entered the show in the first place, for whatever reason they haven’t made the right decisions in their career and you hope when they come on the show that they make better decisions.”
Cowell also feels the show can go on for another five or ten years.
“If you’d asked me years ago how many more years I could do, I would have said if we can get to five more years then we’ve done well. Then you get to five years and it becomes ten.”
“What I have noticed over the last two years, which is a good sign, is that I’m seeing younger and younger kids turn up to the show. That’s always the fear, that, like a lot of music shows, you don’t stay relevant.”
So as long as you’re having hits, and in the label we’re finding artists, there’s no feeling like it. So, that’s a long winded way of saying yes, I do think it’ll last a little bit longer than I thought.”
The X Factor returns to ITV on Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September at 8pm.