Simon Cowell is reportedly looking to rest The X Factor UK after its tenth series next year.
As it stands, both The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent have been commissioned by ITV up until 2013, with the future of both shows after that still to be decided.
"The last thing Simon wants is for X Factor to wither away," a source claimed today. "It’s still early days in terms of renegotiating the deal with ITV, but he’s actively considering whether the best option for The X Factor will be for it to take a lengthy break.
"Ten years is a long time for any show, especially one which is subject to so much scrutiny."
However its sister show Britain's Got Talent, which this year saw boosted ratings with a new panel that included Simon, is set to remain on the air.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the insider added: "Britain’s Got Talent is on TV for a shorter time and hasn’t been around as long. Plus, Simon loves being on that panel. Regardless of what happens with X Factor, BGT’s likely to continue into 2014."
ITV1 boss Peter Fincham previously told reporters at last month’s Edinburgh TV festival that the reality show had “years” on the channel.
“It’s not the 100m, it’s the 10,000m. It’s got years. Think Mo Farah not Usain Bolt,” he explained. “It’s an illusion to think that a show like The X Factor will go on a slide. People said that about Strictly after numbers fell for a couple of years and then it came back.”
And sources added that ITV will be keen to keep The X Factor on air.
"ITV will do everything it can to keep The X Factor on the air, even if the ratings continue to fall this year. It’s still their blockbuster show," another insider told the newspaper today.