Simon Cowell is reportedly ready to shake things on X Factor this year.
Shortly after it was confirmed that last year’s judging panel – made up of Simon, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger – will all be back in 2017, it’s being reported that Cowell is now thinking of ways to keep viewers interested.
To combat the falling viewing figures the show has experienced over recent series’, The Sun is claiming that Simon is upping the number of eliminations and changing the Saturday and Sunday night show format to keep the show fresh.
Instead of performing on a Saturday and then revealing the results on a Sunday, it’s thought that he now wants to have acts perform on both nights and results revealed bot nights – which means an act will go home on both a Saturday AND a Sunday.
According to an insider, Simon thought up the idea because he felt that the standard Saturday night shows were getting a little boring and repetitive.
“The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring,” said a source, adding that he also wants to have guest performers sing on a Saturday too.
But that’s not the only big change potentially coming out way when X Factor begins again this summer.
In order to keep viewers interested, Cowell is also reportedly planning on cutting down the live shows from 10 to 6 and will also be a whole lot stricter when it comes to the novelty acts ala Jedward and Honey G.
It’s also thought that he wants to hold some auditions at theme park Thorpe Park.
“ITV believes transforming it is the right decision. It means all singers will perform on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with acts being eliminated both nights,” an insider revealed of the shake-up.
“They are doing the Thorpe Park auditions early on, too, because producers think the unconventional location will create some funny footage,” they added.
Simon is yet to comment on the X Factor speculation.
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