Simon Cowell: The X Factor live finals likely to be held at 'bigger venues' this year

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell this afternoon teased he was looking at holding The X Factor at bigger venues this year round, in an aim to move the programme on from last year. The music mogul was speaking at the launch of his new game show, Red or Black, which will see 10,000 contestants take part at Wembley Arena.

While not giving much away less than a week before live auditions for The X Factor USA begin, Cowell did say he was looking at hosting The X Factor live finals at a bigger music venue for this year's show.

In recent years the programme has been filmed and broadcast live from Fountain studios in Wembley, a small double studio with an audience capacity of only around 800 viewers.

Auditions however have taken place at much bigger venues, including 3,000 strong theatres and exhibition centres, like London's ExCel Centre.

Possible locations for the live finals include Earls Court - which has a capacity of 19,000 - or the Royal Albert Hall - which has a more moderate capacity of around 6,000.

Simon said he'd be revealing details of The X Factor within the next few weeks.

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