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Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’ Has Officially Been Canceled in the UK

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The time has come to say goodbye to The X Factor once and for all. The U.K. talent show created by Simon Cowell has officially been canceled at ITV.

The news probably won’t come as a shock to those who have been following the show’s decline in recent years, as Cowell tried desperately to revive the format. There hasn’t been a regular season of the show since 2018.

Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’ UK Has Been Canceled

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ITV has said there are “no current plans” for another season of the show after 17 years and 15 seasons. The X Factor: Celebrity aired in 2019, followed by another spin-off called The X Factor: The Band.

The show’s host, Dermot O’Leary, previously shared that the show wouldn’t be returning in 2021, still leaving the possibility of future seasons. But now it looks like we won’t ever been seeing a comeback, even after Cowell’s many attempts to revive the franchise.

Although the show once created bands like One Direction and Little Mix, it has fallen from it former glory in recent years. Ratings have been down, and contestants weren’t as successful after the show as they used to be.

An American version of the format debuted in 2011. Although it produced the girl group Fifth Harmony, the show only lasted three seasons, and was canceled in 2013. Will Cowell bring it back to the states at some point? Only time will tell.



What Is Simon Cowell Up to Next?

Don’t worry about Cowell. The X Factor U.K. might be canceled, but he still has plenty of talent show projects in the works. He’s currently judging Season 16 of America’s Got Talent, while Britain’s Got Talent is taking a break this year, likely returning in 2022.

Cowell has a new musical game show called Walk the Line premiering on ITV later this year. He’s also reviving Canada’s Got Talent after 10 years off the air. The music mogul will definitely be keeping busy in the coming months.

The X Factor may be over, but it gave us years of talented singers and funny moments to enjoy, so we’re not too sad about it.

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