It has of course been reported for weeks that Simon Cowell is going to become the savior of X Factor by returning to the UK version next year in a bid to halt – and reverse – the ignominious decline in viewer numbers.
However, according to TV Biz today, Simon has concluded that he simply can’t do the transatlantic hopping that would be required of him – in flying to and fro from the States to the UK on a weekly basis – were he to keep up his role on X Factor USA as well as working on the UK show.
But of course, Strictly Come Dancing judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli do just that, but Simon thinks that his USA contestants would suffer if he were to do likewise.
A source close to Simon said, “Bruno and Len fly back and forth each week between LA and London on Strictly — but they are just judges, they don’t have to work with the contestants…
“Simon prides himself on being a good mentor and he just cannot see a way to juggle three acts in America and three acts in the UK.
“He would be instantly open to accusations that he is not hands-on enough — and that is the opposite of how he works.
“Simon is desperately trying to find a way to do it but he’s convinced it’s a no-go.”
But of course, it’s been reported that Simon has told Cheryl Cole that she can “name your price” to take up a judging role on the UK show again, while at the same time, he’s said to be keen to get rid of judges Tulisa and Gary Barlow before next year’s show.
It’s even been rumoured that Sharon Osbourne and Dannii Minogue have been approached to talk about returning to X Factor UK.
Do you think X Factor UK is doomed without Simon? Or will it make little difference whether he comes back or not?
Here’s a look at Simon on X Factor USA…