X Issue has reportedly been axed after 17 years.
Simon Cowell, 61, is alleged to have pulled the plug on the ITV expertise present – which launched in 2004 and final aired in 2018 – as a result of he would not need it to ‘change into a little bit of a joke.’
Whereas around the globe the format continues to be profitable, evidently the music mogul has accepted that within the UK ‘it has change into barely stale’ and so has determined to ‘shelve it’ for 5 years, however sources are claiming it is now ‘unlikely’ to ever return.
What!? X Issue has reportedly been axed after 17 years (Simon Cowell, 61, Pictured in 2017)
A present insider informed The Sun: ‘Globally, it’s nonetheless a phenomenon and rakes in hundreds of thousands yearly. However within the UK, there isn’t a query it has change into barely stale.
‘Simon stays on the prime of his recreation and is aware of methods to make a success. He owns the rights to the present, and it is his name — not ITV’s — whether or not or not he drops it.
‘Clearly the very last thing he needs is for X Issue to fizzle out with a whimper and change into a little bit of a joke — particularly in distinction to the present in its pomp.’
The supply defined that there’s the choice for Simon to return the expertise present in 2023, which might see auditions happen subsequent summer time, nevertheless the entrepreneur is considered centered on his new recreation present Stroll The Line.
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Why? Simon is alleged to have pulled the plug on the ITV expertise present – which launched in 2004 – as a result of he would not need it to ‘change into a little bit of a joke’ (Picturded in 2005 with judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh)
Businessman: Whereas around the globe the format continues to be profitable, evidently the music mogul has accepted that within the UK ‘it has change into barely stale’ (Pictured in 2019)
In March, Dermot O’Leary, 47, informed new! journal of the X Issue: ‘I can not see it coming again this 12 months. If it does come again, it will be 2022 – perhaps 2023.’
The presenter admitted he’s lacking filming the present, which launched in 2004, including: ‘You do miss it, positively. You’re employed with folks for the perfect a part of 10 years and also you change into a extremely tight group.
‘And also you do miss the excitement of a Saturday night time present. There’s one thing nice about it.’
The daddy-of-one has hosted the present since 2007, taking on from former host Kate Thornton, who was presenter from 2004–2006.
Preserving his choices open: Simon has reportedly determined to ‘shelve it’ for 5 years, however sources are claiming it is now ‘unlikely’ to ever return (Pictured in 2019)
Iconic: Simon launched X Think about in 2004 and final aired in 2018
Dermot has hosted each collection since, other than in 2015 the place he was changed with former contestant Olly Murs and the late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.
Its final conventional collection of X Issue to air was again in 2018, with judges Simon, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his spouse Ayda Discipline on the judging panel.
Dalton Harris, mentored by former One Route star Louis, received the collection, with Scarlett ending in second place and Anthony Russell taking third.
Unique collection: Its final conventional collection to air on ITV was again in 2018, the place Louis Tomlinson (R) received the collection together with his act Dalton Harris
Winner: Simon introduced one-off collection The X Issue: Superstar to screens in 2019, which was received by Megan McKenna who then landed a document contract with Simon’s music label Syco
Simon then introduced one-off collection The X Issue: Superstar to screens in 2019, which noticed well-known faces showcase their vocal abilities.
Megan McKenna was topped the winner of the present and landed a document contract with Simon’s main music label, Syco.
The X Issue was then halted in 2020 when coronavirus hit, rendering it not possible to provide the present, which entails mass gatherings for open public auditions.
Farewell for now: In March, Dermot O’Leary, (proper), hinted The X Issue might not return till 2023, saying: ‘If it does come again, it will be 2022 – perhaps 2023’
Whereas it is produced large stars like 1D, Little Combine, Olly Murs and James Arthur, The X Issue has arguably taking a success in scores over the previous few years.
X Issue 2010-2018: Sequence scores overview
2010: 14.3million viewers
2011: 12.41million viewers
2012: 10million viewers
2013: 9.45million viewers
2014: 8.65million viewers
2015: 7.85million viewers
2016: 7.71million viewers
2017: 6.52million viewers
2018: 6.19million viewers
X Issue was hit by its lowest ever scores when the Superstar collection aired its first dwell present earlier this 12 months.
The ITV collection recorded simply 2.96 million viewers at one level, and by the final quarter-hour of the Superstar particular, simply 2.99 million viewers had been left.
Even with a 3.73 million peak, the scores paled compared to the common viewing figures of 14.13 million that the present pulled in at its prime in 2010.
It marked the bottom scores for the reason that franchise started in 2004, however sources declare The X Issue nonetheless stays the very best watched present for 16 to 34 12 months olds.
The obvious determination to axe the present comes sizzling on the heels of former contestants hitting out in opposition to the British music business for ‘exploiting’ and treating them like ‘cattle’ since their in a single day rise to fame.
2010 X Issue star Rebecca Ferguson, 35, has known as for an pressing parliamentary inquiry to assist shield younger and rising artists and an unbiased tribunal to carry these answerable for poor therapy inside the business to account.
Her fellow contestant Cher Lloyd, 27, and double act Jedward, each 29, who appeared on the present the earlier 12 months, have additionally hit out on the business and claimed they had been additionally poorly handled.
Enormous success: JLS got here second in 2008, however went on to take advantage of cash, promoting greater than 10million data
Largest winners: One Route got here third on the X-Think about 2010 however are by far essentially the most profitable act to emerge from the present
One Route, made up of Harry Kinds, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik went on an indefinite hiatus on the peak of their success in 2016.
Louisa Johnson grew to become The X Issue’s youngest ever winner when she was topped champion of the 2015 collection of the TV expertise present.
Jesy Nelson has not too long ago give up lady band Little Combine – who received the present in 2011 – to assist her psychological well being after the stress of being within the group began to take its ‘toll’ on her.
James Arthur shot to fame after competing on the 2012 version of The X Issue, which he went on to win.
Olly Murs was runner-up in 2009’s X Issue and has had an extremely profitable profession in music since discovering fame on the present.
Shock success: Regardless of being a novelty act, Jedward have made hundreds of thousands since not profitable the present
Shayne Ward received the X-Issue 15 years in the past, its second collection. After a triumphant music profession, he joined ITV cleaning soap Coronation Road the place he performed Aidan Connor till 2018.
Jedward – aka twins John and Edward Grimes – starred on X Think about 2009, ending third. Regardless of being a novelty act, they’ve gone on to launch three albums.
Alexandra Burke’s massive breakthrough got here on X Think about 2008, after she beat JLS within the remaining and her debut single, Hallelujah, bought 105,000 copies in a day.
Whereas some X Issue stars went on to earn hundreds of thousands within the highlight, most of the present’s winners have failed or been dumped from their document labels as their careers floundered.
Historical past makers: Little Combine had been topped the winners of The X Think about 2011 once they change into the primary band to ever win the present in its historical past