Say bye bye to The Xtra Factor.
The ITV2 show, which ran alongside The X Factor on Saturday and Sunday nights following the big show has officially been axed.
It was announced this week that the show will no longer be airing following the singing competition as Simon Cowell makes some big changes to the talent show to keep things interesting.
Dermot O’Leary announced the sad (but not that surprising news) in a new interview, where he admitted that he was “sad” to see the spin-off show go but understood why producers felt it was time to pull the plug on the series.
“I was sad, but I get it,” he said of the decision to cancel the show. “We’ve made the X Factor for 14 years now but the way people watch the show has changed.”
“Now we have massive hits on YouTube compared to how it used to be, so you have to work harder on a show to keep people’s attention,” he explained, hinting that the ratings just aren’t what they used to be for the ITV2 show which could be why it’s now aired its last show.
“Similarly, Xtra Factor started in a time when a lot of people watched that kind of show, but things have moved on,” Dermot then continued, hinting that something will come along in its place which will probably be more rooted in the online world.
“We’re doing much more digital content instead,” he teased.
The show has undergone some major changes over the past few years and even changed its name to Xtra Factor Live.
It’s also gone through a plethora of hosts in its time, including Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughy, Konnie Huq, Caroline Flack and Ollie Murs. More recently, Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Richardson fronted the show.
The X Factor is set to returns to ITV this coming Saturday (September 2) and will continue on Sunday (September 3) at 8pm. Just remember not to flick over to ITV2 afterwards, as the drama won’t be continuing over there.