Simon Cowell is making big changes to The X Factor and the show as we know it may never be the same.
According to several reports, the music mogul is considering revamping the show and tweaking it to add a celebrity or all-star version. The shake-up means there will be no auditions for the upcoming series.
“Simon wants to stop the bleeding before it’s too late and is happy to take drastic action,” a source told The Sun. “He knows everything has a life-span in showbiz so the only way to stop that is to give the viewers something new and very different.”
Within the celebrity series, there will also reportedly be an X Factor: Champions edition, featuring acts from the X Factor franchises around the world. This comes following the success of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which has averaged 10 million viewers and has been the top-rated winter show in the states.
There is expected to be a judging panel but there is no word at this time if Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams, or Ayda Field are expected to return.
The recent series won by Dalton Harris saw viewing figures drop below four million viewers and the show was constantly beaten out by Strictly Come Dancing on BBC. Cowell is hoping the changes will interject new life into the 15-year format and get viewers interested again.
If it is successful, Cowell is hoping to launch a champions spin-off of Britain’s Got Talent as well.
“There will definitely be a show this year,” a source said. “X Factor dominates is ITV’s biggest show for advertising revenue and dominates their weekend schedules for half the year, so nobody wants to lose it.”
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The X Factor returns to ITV later this year.