Time to stop the music. Simon Cowell’s singing competition series “The X-Factor” has been canceled following 17 years on the air.
The U.K. channel, ITV, affirmed the news and said “there are no current plans for the next series of ‘The X Factor’ at this stage.”
The show was made by Cowell, 61, and first aired in 2004. As the years progressed, 445 episodes have broadcasted. The last season hit the airwaves in 2018.
The series has launched the careers of a few successful British musicians and boybands that you’ve known about like One Direction, Leona Lewis and Little Mix.
During every episode, singers play out their musical acts on stage as a panel of judges scrutinizes their abilities. Cowell is in charge of the judges’ table close by Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.
In February 2020, the organization reported that “The X-Factor” would be going on rest, yet would return in 2021. A while later, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, uncovered at the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival that there was no assurance that the show could at any point return. “It’s not definitely returning, it might return, and if it does the format will tweak,” he said. “Simon controls it more than we do. When does he want it to come back, how does he want to come back? Hopefully, we can be part of it.”
The previous “American Idol” judge concocted the thought for “The X-Factor” as a swap for “Pop Idol,” the British parent show of the FOX musical competition series. “Pop Idol” initially ran from 2001 to 2003 and brought forth a few international versions.
Cowell’s next TV show will be “Walk the Line,” a musical quiz show for ITV. While the series presently can’t seem to set a premiere date, the six-part show will make a big appearance before the finish of 2021. Every episode will include a few musical acts that will vie for a cash prize.
The two acts avoided standing should need to decide to cash with regards to the game or move to the next step of the competition. The prize will get greater and greater the more extended a contestant stays.