Simon: No X Factor Next Year
The show won’t return until 2012 so Cowell can concentrate on American X Factor...
X Factor won’t return to British screens until 2012.
But Cowell has reassured fans that British X Factor will return. "We have a contract to put The X Factor on in America next year, which we are committed to," Simon explained. "So we're thinking about moving The X Factor to a different time of the year and Britain's Got Talentto a different time of the year.
"I think it will be in January 2012. I think putting [The X Factor] in a different time slot might be good." That means no more pressure on the show’s winner to have the Christmas no. 1. Last year’s winner Joe McElderrywas kept off the top spot by Rage Against The Machine, thanks to an anti-X Factor campaign on Facebook.
Cowell also confirmed he is close to signing a deal with ITV to keep X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on the network for three years. “I’ve been reassured by ITV that we have got all the money we need to make them better,” he said. “We’re very close to announcing a long term deal with ITV for both shows. The desire is to pin down three years.”