ITV seemingly confirms Simon Cowell's music competition The X Factor got canceled after airing for 15 seasons.
After nearly two decades on ITV, The X Factor has been canceled. Multiple news outlets have stated that the Simon Cowell-produced show that unearthed One Direction, JLS, Olly Murs, and Little Mix, among many others, will not make a return to ITV as scheduled.
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Cowell appears to have played a hand in putting the show on hold for the near future. An ITV representative said.
At this time, there are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor.
In the 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival, ITV boss Kevin Lygo stated that The X Factor would not be returning after a multi-year absence in 2021, but that it would come back at some point in the future.
At its peak, The X Factor had more than 14 million viewers on average, but its prospects at ITV deteriorated as viewership slowly declined. After the program was pulled from the 2019 timeline, X Factor host Dermot O'Leary conceded he wasn't certain that it would be the right decision to bring it back.
He told the Radio Times,
I'm in two minds because half of me thinks there's a reason why we rested it because we were doing the same thing but then again, there is a real sense of simplicity to that show I love, which is great singers and great characters.
Simon Cowell is still associated with ITV since the network recently revealed that he would create a new musical game show titled Walk The Line.
In this fresh show, a range of solo or musical groups will compete for money and awards from a committee of musical experts in this style.
The X Factor aired on ITV for 15 seasons from 2004 to 2018.