The X Factor mogul Simon Cowell reckons that the US version of the show will return next year, despite a major fall in ratings year-on-year.
However, Cowell has claimed that his role on the show “may change” and with the British version of the hit singing competition in demise, it is thought that he will return back to the UK.
The X Factor USA hasn’t been performing well for some time and it was originally thought that the show would not return for a fourth run, but Cowell seems to think differently.
In a conference call, the 54-year-old said: “I think the show will be coming back next year”.
If the show does indeed return for a fourth run, some major changes are going to have to be made and it looks like those changes will begin with a different role for Cowell.
Ever since Cowell has appeared on the show (both the UK and US version), he’s always appeared as a judge, but according to the star himself, it seems he will take on a different role on the US version next year.
“As to my role on it,” he said “I might have a different kind of role, we haven’t discussed that yet”.
Other changes seem to be about what the show “should look like” to set it out from the rest of the competition.
Cowell explained: “I think that we’re gonna have a very crowded marketplace. What we have with X Factor is a huge core fan base that loves the show, but we have got to be more than that.
“We’re in the middle of a conversation about this is what we think the show should look like, what the fans would like, so my role may change but I can’t say any more than that”.
There has been a lot of speculation for some time now that Cowell return to the original British version of the show in a bid to boost ratings. Rumours also suggest that Cheryl Cole will be back.
The third season of The X Factor USA continued to perform badly last week as the semi-final was down 14% on the week before and only achieved a 1.2 in the demo scores. Anything below a 2.0 is generally looked down on, especially for such a big show.
However, despite there being a focus on improving the show, Cowell is still very much focused on his main aim of trying to find a star every year.
“I think the show started off okay; I thought the four-chair challenge was terrific and the early live shows were okay and the last two weeks have been amazing, “ he said “As a series, particularly because of the talent, because of what Alex & Sierra have achieved on iTunes over the last couple of weeks, is phenomenal. I’m really happy that the show has achieved what it sets out to achieve, which is to find a star”.
Recently, Cowell also admitted that The X Factor USA may follow in the footsteps of Dancing with the Stars and reducing the format to just one night per week, rather than its current 2 night schedule.