Hit reality talent show The X Factor is reportedly set to return to our TV screens next year, almost five years after it ended.
Show creator Simon Cowell is said to be in the driving seat to bring the once popular show back after “landing a big-money deal”.
An industry source told the Daily Star: “It has been decided that the time is right to bring X Factor back. It’s really exciting. Everyone who will be working on the new series can’t wait to get started.”
The publication also reports that Simon, 62, has “landed a big-money deal” with a production company after private negotiations.
The music mogul is said to be planning talks with several channels in the coming months and there is no certainty the show will return to ITV.
The source continued: “Things are in the early stages at the moment. But the wheels are definitely in motion. It is hoped that production will begin at the end of the year.”
“Producers want to recapture the magic the show had when it was first on TV.”
The idea for the show going forward is said to be to recapture the original, simpler approach to the show.
The source went on: “The focus will all be on the competition element of the show, rather than the razzle dazzle.”
OK! has contacted a representative for Simon Cowell for comment.
The X Factor was first broadcast on ITV in 2004, and produced an incredible selection of pop talent over the years.
X Factor success stories include Olly Murs, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Little Mix and One Direction.
The show saw celebrity judges joining Simon on the panel including Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl and Gary Barlow.
Despite its huge success in the 00s, the once hit Saturday night show started to see a decline in viewing figures in 2011 and finally went off air in 2019.
The show became a huge spectacle in its later years but reports now suggest the new look format is set to head back to basics and focus more on the audition process of the show that had millions of viewers hooked in the early days.
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