The news interestingly comes as his popular American reality competition, “America’s Got Talent,” is running an all-new “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” spinoff is airing in the U.S. on NBC.
Cowell’s surprising revelations include plans for two versions of “The X Factor UK" to air in the coming year. One of them is going to be a celebrity edition of the show and the other will be an all-star edition. Both shows will reportedly run back-to-back at an unknown date later this year.
“The time feels right, and it will be a huge change. We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year,” Cowell said, adding, “I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.”
Cowell is keeping mum on specific formats and details. But, he also shared he’s working with a four-year plan for the show and he wants to change things up to keep it fresh. He teased next year’s “X Factor UK” installment will change yet again, and it will be “very, very exciting.”
Last year, fans and critics alike were thrilled with the new “The X Factor UK” judging panel which included hubby and wife team Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams, along with former One Direction heartthrob-turned-solo artist Louis Tomlinson. Cowell anchored the panel as the series veteran judge and the new foursome had amazing chemistry. Renowned record producer Nile Rodgers also did an extended stint as a guest judge and mentor on the show.
As usual, a large lineup of artists hit “The X Factor UK” stage last season as musical guests including Michael Bublé, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Zara Larsson, James Arthur, and Anne-Marie, to name a few.
Arthur, who launched his successful solo music career by winning “The X Factor” title in 2012, performed twice on the show last year. First, he performed his hit single “Empty Space” and then he returned to deliver a breathtaking rendition of “Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined in a duet with Anne-Marie.
Despite ratings struggles in the past few seasons, “The X Factor UK” remains an enduring outlet for unknown aspiring singer-songwriters to realize a dream and forge a career in the music industry. Simon Cowell’s belief in it has seemingly never waned and it appears he is poised and ready to make changes to save it.
“I would never want to sit and watch a show like 'The X Factor'' slowly fade away and fail but there is only one risk and that’s doing nothing. That is what I call a risk,” Cowell said.
Due to the popularity of “AGT: The Champions,” the acclaimed producer also has a Champions version of “Britain’s Got Talent” in the pipeline as well.
Cowell is also hoping to keep Robbie Williams, Louis Tomlinson, and Ayda Williams on the upcoming season of “The X Factor UK” but their participation has not yet officially been confirmed.
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