The X Factor boss Simon Cowell has reportedly jetted in to the UK to oversee editing of this weekend's shows after viewing figures slumped.
According to The Mirror, the media mogul is personally taking control after viewers criticised last Saturday's hour-long show for containing only five full auditions with a total of eight minutes of singing.
Much of the airtime is now padded out with filler featuring The Only Way Is Essex-style interactions between the contestants.
A source said: "This weekend is the first time there are two shows, one on each night, and he is determined they look great and have huge audiences.
"He is sitting through the rough edits and changing bits and pieces where he feels they need it. It’s the first time this year he will be really hands-on in the UK."
They added: "Some fans feel there has been too much reality and stuff off the stage so don’t be surprised if there is more singing this week after Cowell has finished his mini makeover."
Cowell is now based Stateside after committing to his role as a judge on the American version, which returns later this month. However, the UK show still credits him as an executive producer.
The first episode of this year's X Factor attracted just 8.09million viewers, its lowest launch rating since 2006 and down 2million on last year's series opener. Subsequent episodes have so far failed to top 8.4million viewers.
Comparatively, BBC One's rival show The Voice opened with 9.1million viewers in March, with its Blind Auditions going on to attract audiences of well over 10million - although figures plunged for the live shows.
The X Factor continues this Saturday AND Sunday on ITV1.