Wednesday, July 28, 2021 10:38 PM

By Emma M

It is reported that Simon Cowell made the decision to quit X-Factor after 17 YEARS.

The hugely popular TV show brought us some of the biggest pop stars and bands in the world including Little Mix, One Direction and Leona Lewis.

The last time the show aired was in 2018 and according to The Irish Sun is now being put on hold by Simon Cowell for at least five years, if not forever.

Sources close to Simon have said it is “unlikely” that the X-Factor will affect ours Screens returns. It is reported that Simon will now focus on a new big money game show called Walk The Line.

Regarding the X Factor, a show insider said, “Globally it’s still a phenomenon and cashes in every year Millions. But in the UK it’s undoubtedly a bit stale. Simon stays at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his decision – not ITV’s – whether or not to drop it. “

” The last thing he wants is for the X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and becomes a bit of a joke. It’s still on the line and there is an option to return it in 2023. “

The source added,” The X Factor is one of a kind, and even in its senior year it had pretty good numbers compared to other shows. But everyone is hoping the audience will get on board with Walk The Line and make it an ITV staple. “Of course, the door is not completely closed for The X Factor, but everyone is very focused on finalizing new and exciting formats instead of looking back in time. “

At its peak, The X Factor drew an average of 12 million viewers on Saturday nights, compared to 5.8 million viewers in the final season in 2018, when Dalton Harris was crowned winner .

In recent years it has been difficult to create well-known stars, which is why Simon canceled the show after 17 years.

The source concluded: “The feeling is that it continues to be broadcast internationally will but not returning here. “

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