Simon Cowell has hinted that he may change the panels of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, if he decides to bring them back to the UK.
It has already been reported that the X Factor will be moved back by at least three months next year, to allow Simon time to work on the American version of the show. However Cowell is offering no guarantees that either this show or Britain’s Got Talent will be back, saying only that if they return, they will do so amidst a huge shake up.
The music mogul told The Daily Star:
“Expect big changes. I like the idea of doing something different next year.
“I like the fact that the shows are going to have different time slots and different people on them. You have to change things on these shows otherwise it’s going to be the same old thing. And that means people will leave.”
In a statement that will no doubt terrify Louis Walsh and Amanda Holden, Simon added: “No-one is safe. No-one should feel they have the show guaranteed, including myself. At the moment you are going to see me doing one show next year.”
Simon hasn’t decided which show that will be, though reports suggest that he will at least ditch the audition stage of Britain’s Got Talent. On the schedule and lineup changes ahead Simon said:
“X Factor will have to move. And you have to change things on these shows otherwise its going to be the same old thing. That means people leave.
“I like the idea of doing something different. We do it on all these shows that we do all over the world. We don’t keep the same judges on all the time. Somebody comes along whom you want to work with. It’s happened with a couple of people I’ve met recently. You make the necessary changes. But first of all you have to make sure people want the show back.”
So, if you were allowed to create your ideal X Factor or BGT panel who would you include and more importantly who would you drop? We would replace Amanda with someone who has actual credibility….Dame Judy Dench maybe? Next we would send Mr Walsh to the nearest retirement home and bring in someone with a bit of personality to occupy his seat. We’d love to hear your ideas below.