X Factor 2012: Simon Cowell commits to returning to XFUK next year, but does anyone still care?

by Lynn Rowlands

As fans of The X Factor will know, barely a day goes by without there’s some report about whether Simon Cowell will, or should, or might, or won’t, or can’t return to the UK version of the show…

He of course bogged off to America last year to judge on X Factor USA, and in the wake of his departure, UK viewers seemingly turned off in their droves, leaving the British version of the show floundering somewhat as week on week, reports suggest that less and less of us are watching.

So this year, there have been reports that judge Louis Walsh has “begged” Simon to return to save X Factor, while Simon’s right-hand woman, and bringer of bad news Sinitta, reckons the show will end next year.

But contrary to her prediction, media commentators reckon that not only will Simon be back next year, but he’ll also boot all the present judges – except for Louis Walsh – and bring back former squeeze Dannii Minogue and ditched judge Cheryl Cole…

And as if all that wasn’t enough, it’s also been reported that Simon hates Gary Barlow so much, he appointed Nicole Scherzinger head judge – and gave Gary the group he hated most to mentor; the Overs – in a bid to make the Take That singer jump without the fuss and muss of a public pushing.

So it will come as no surprise then when I reveal that in today’s Daily Star, there’s yet another report about Simon’s return to the show next year…

The paper says of Simon, “He is understood to be fuming at sliding figures for this year, with last week’s show struggling to pull in 8million viewers.

“Now he has committed himself to six shows next year to bring ratings back up.”

However, it seems Simon has created a monster in Nicole, who said, “I don’t want to see Simon come back.

“I think we’ve got a good family and Tulisa, Gary and Louis are all holding their own.

“Simon has got his own thing going on in the US and I know the US embrace and love him.”

Well I for one am soooo over this whole Will Simon Return thing. In fact, I really no longer care…

How ‘bout you?

While you’re thinking on that, here’s a clip of Simon being embraced and loved (apparently) on X Factor USA…

Don’t forget to check out our Guilty Pleasures chart ahead of tonight’s results show!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.