Simon Cowell’s ‘The X-Factor’ canceled after 17 years

Last Modified: 9th Sep

Simon Cowell’s singing competition series The X-Factor has been canceled after 17 successful years.

ITV, the U.K. channel confirmed the news saying “There are no current plans for the next series of ‘The X Factor’ at this stage.”

The show, which first aired in 2004, was created by Simon Cowell, 61. The last season was aired in 2018 and has had 445 episodes so far.

Cowell was also one of the show’s hosts alongside Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, and Nicole Scherzinger. As the competitors sang on the stage, the judging panel critiques their talents.

(from left) Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh (Image: The Sun)

The hit show has launched the careers of musicians Leona Lewis, James Arthur, and bands Little Mix, and One Direction.

The network had announced in February 2020 that The X-Factor would be going on hiatus and would return in 2021. Just months later, the Director of Television at ITV Kevin Lygo, said, “It’s not definitely returning, it might return, and if it does the format will tweak. Simon controls it more than we do. When does he want it to come back, and how does he want to come back? Hopefully, we can be part of it.”

Cowell had come up with the idea for The X-Factor as a replacement for the British parent show of the FOX musical competition series Pop Idol, which ran from 2001 to 2003.

The British producer’s next show will be Walk the Line on ITV. The show, which has yet to set a premiere date, is a six-part musical quiz show which will feature several musical acts competing for the cash prize. What sets this show apart from other similar shows is that the two final acts will have to decide to cash out of the game or move to the next phase- and with each stage, the prize gets bigger.

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