Strictly Come Dancing axed? 5 shows that could / should follow! X Factor, TOWIE, Geordie Shore

by Lisa McGarry

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It’s been reported this morning that Strictly Come Dancing could soon (well not soon….but within 5 years) be off our screen as BBC bosses try to find new formats to entertain us with and though we’re pretty sure we won’t be waving goodbye to Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli any time soon, the news has got us thinking.

Apparently top execs at the channel think that programmes such as Strictly, and their flagship motoring show Top Gear, are nearing the end of their natural lives and are no longer fresh and exciting. The team have supposedly offered all sorts of bonuses to staff who can find something else which can hold court in a primetime slot.

If this is the case then we can only imagine what bosses over at ITV and Channel 4 are thinking as, in our mind, there are plenty of series’ much more tired than Strictly!


Let’s start with The X Factor. Now, let us say this. We LOVE The X Factor, we are total and utter addicts but it seems that with every year that goes by less and less of you UK TV viewers are in the club.

Simon Cowell recently confirmed his big return to the judging panel and it’s been reported that he’s desperately trying to sign stars such as Cheryl Cole, Lionel Richie and Rita Ora to join him at the table, in a bid to boost ratings…and he really needs to boost those ratings!

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Last year’s final, which saw Sam Bailey taking the title and the SYCO record deal, drew in 9.6 million viewers, which is the lowest ratings for an X Factor final since Shayne Ward won in 2005, with 9.9 million people tuning in. The show has been declining in popularity since Simon left back in 2011, so if his comeback doesn’t lead to a substantial turnaround in fortunes, we don’t see how the ITV competition can continue for more than another few years.



TOWIE was HUGE when it premiered on ITV2 back in 2010. The show launched the careers of stars such as Joey Essex, Amy Childs, Mark Wright and Kirk Norcross.

However many of the original cast have now left the lineup and as we move into the 11th series, the format is definitely showing signs of getting old.

While we used to love watching Amy do her vajazzling thing and the constant making up and breaking up between Mark and Lauren Goodger definitely kept our eyes glued to the screen, nowadays we find ourselves not really caring about Ferne McCann’s new split with from other Wright dude and Arg admitting that he cheated on Lydia years ago doesn’t compel us to tune in either.

The Only Way is Essex returned to ITV2 this week for it’s 11th run and the ratings are showing signs of a dip too. The season 10 premiere attracted 1.450m viewers in October of last year but on Sunday night only 968,000 tuned in to see the Essex bunch on their new adventures.



We don’t think Geordie Shore is on the brink of cancellation any time soon, in fact the format is still proving popular with viewers.

The MTV show is the British spin-off of the American programme Jersey Shore and most filming is done in the northern city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The series started in 2011 with an average of 631,000 viewers but by 2013 this had grown to 1,040,000. However, with other location based fly on the wall shows like Made In Chelsea, The Valleys and now This Is Liverpool, surely fatigue is going to set in and TV bosses are going to have to come up with something new?



The less said about this abomination the better. Celebrities, diving, with Tom Daley. The only good thing about the show – which just concluded it’s second run this month – is the sight of some pretty hot men in tight swimming shorts but to counter that, we were also eyeball assaulted with the view of Gemma Collins massive bruised boobs.

6.5m tuned in to watch the 2013 final, which many thought was pretty poor at the time, but things got worse when only 4.4m people watched Diversity’s Perri Kiely take the trophy this year. Surely it’s got to go?

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The Apprentice used to be one of the biggest must watch TV shows of the year. Everyone who was anyone tuned in, especially for the first episode, to get an earful of the ridiculous catchphrases and also just to see Nick Hewer doing those crazy things with his eyebrows.

In 2013 the Alan Sugar led show aired its ninth series with a tenth already confirmed, but the final – which saw Dr Leah Totton triumph – drew in only 5.7million viewers – the same figures seen for series two in 2006.

10.7 million watched Tom Pellereau in 2011 but the downward spiral took hold in 2012, when only 5.9 million watched Ricky Martin win.

Young Apprentice has already been axed. We’d say the writing is on the wall….

What do you think TV fans? Which shows would you be glad to see the back of? Leave your comments below…

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!