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X Factor: Changes To Come?

Written by on February 14, 2019

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X Factor: Changes To Come?

Simon Cowell is in talks with ITV about completely overhauling X Factor – and replacing it with a celebrity version.

The music mogul wants to inject “new energy” into the long-running series by casting stars such as soap actors, newsreaders and comedians.

One source said: “Imagine Strictly but with singers. That’s the plan being talked about at present. There is no doubt the X Factor format needs freshening up – this is it.”

He hopes to implement the changes for the upcoming series later this year – meaning the end of auditions for the public as we know it.

A source close to the judge said: “Bradley Walsh was the biggest selling artist of 2016. They could find a similar type of celebrity not known for their musical skills – and make them even more of a star.”

Within the series, there will also be a separate X Factor champions segment – featuring stars from X Factor shows around the world.

Despite X Factor’s falling ratings, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said last week he had no plans to axe the show, preferring to try and “make it leap again”.

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