After “The X Factor” has been canceled in the United Kingdom with an outstanding 17 years on the air, its creator Simon Cowell is moving on to host a new music quiz show.
ITV, the British broadcaster, said on Thursday that it “had no present plans for the next series of ‘The X Factor’ at this time.”
Cowell’s next project for ITV will be “Walk the Line,” a musical quiz show. According to Variety, it will also be available on ITV Hub.
Brilliant singers from throughout the United Kingdom competed on “The X Factor.” Each episode’s top two performers were offered the option of receiving a monetary prize or continuing to compete. With a “stay or play” moment at the end of each episode, the larger the prize money, the longer the contestants stayed in it.
The show would take a 12-month pause, according to Variety, in February 2020, just before a statewide lockdown was implemented in the United Kingdom. Despite the low ratings, the report said that it would return this year.
ITV plc Managing Director Kevin Lygo, however, stated a few months later at the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival that there was no guarantee that “The X Factor” would return to television.
At the same time, he added,
“It’s not certainly returning; it might return, and if it does, the format will change.” “Simon has more control over it than we do. When does he want it to return, and how does he want it to return? Hopefully, we will be able to participate.”
The show’s ability to draw viewers has declined over time.
According to Washington News Today, in front of a total of 19.6 million people in 2010, Matt Cardle defeated One Direction with a 60% audience share. The show’s popularity had fallen by 2019, with only 2.95 million viewers. Its popularity has declined since then, according to The Guardian.
Since its premiere in 2004, “The X Factor” has aired 445 episodes across 15 seasons. In 2018, the most recent episode aired. The show was co-produced by Fremantle Media’s Thames Television and Cowell’s production company, Syco Entertainment. – the source claims.