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X Factor 2013: Simon Cowell admits changes are a risk

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2012)

X Factor 2013 boss Simon Cowell has admitted that the changes made to show this year are a risk.

The tenth series is set to see a major shake up to the format, from the judges through to the auditions and even the songs performed.

Bosses have already confirmed a new ‘double audition’ format, which will see the ditching of the big arena try outs in favour of the more intimate judges’ rooms.

There’s also talk of bootcamp getting a make over, Twitter voting for the live shows and of course new faces on the panel of judges.

Open auditions kicked off in London earlier this month and there’s been no shortage in budding performers, with more than 8,000 queuing up from 5AM at the ExCel centre last week.

Speaking about the upcoming show, Simon admitted that he and the production team were desperate to get viewers back.

“The ratings on these shows go up, they go down, whatever, but I’ve always believed if you make a show that’s great you can pull back those big audiences again,” he said. “We’re never, ever happy when the numbers go down and we do everything we possibly can each year to make them go up by trying to improve the show.”

Simon went on: “That’s something we’re going through at the moment with X Factor. When the numbers go down, all that tells me is people want change. So you have to make changes and you listen to the public.”

But the music mogul admitted that the new look format was a risk, adding: “I hope we’re right that these changes will make it a better show this year.”

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  • Jonny Thompson

    I honestly think Simon Cowell is one of the most tenacious men out there, what he’s doing with the show is fantastic, no matter who he brings in to judge, these changes will make the show fantastic again. I do hope Nicole and Sharon are on the panel again, Id love Louis to be back, just depends on the Barlow. Ive never liked him, he’s too dry, a younger male needs to do it, but one with the experience. However, Robbie Williams would be fantastic, he’s just entertainment. He would be a LOT better than Gary. My opinion :)))

    • Phil

      I don’t think Robbie would do it if it meant sacking Gary but I do agree that he is dry indeed.

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