‘No current plans’ for new series of The X Factor, says ITV

Televised singing competition helmed by Simon Cowell was last broadcast in 2018

It was revealed in February last year that producer Simon Cowell was resting the programme for 2020. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

It was revealed in February last year that producer Simon Cowell was resting the programme for 2020. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

 

ITV has said there are “no current plans” for another series of The X Factor.

The statement came following reports in The Sun that creator Simon Cowell has axed the programme after 17 years.

The newspaper said the programme is being rested for at least five years.

The X Factor last aired in 2018 when Dalton Harris was crowned the winner.

An ITV spokesman said in a statement: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”

The 2018 series of The X Factor was presented by Dermot O’Leary and featured judges Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Field and Robbie Williams.

Previous judges on the programme include Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.

The programme first aired in 2004 and spawned spin-off shows X Factor: Celebrity and X Factor: The Band in 2019.

It was revealed in February last year that Cowell was resting the programme for 2020.

The X Factor has helped launch the careers of chart-topping artists including One Direction, Little Mix, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis.

Last month it was revealed Cowell will return to UK television to lead a panel of judges in a new musical gameshow for ITV titled Walk The Line. – PA