X Factor UK: Simon Cowell won't return as US show gets third season

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell won't be returning to the UK X Factor next year, after signing a deal for a third series of the US show.

The current American series has seen some shocking ratings, with the latest episode attracting just 5 million viewers in the country.

But despite that, Fox has renewed the programme for a third season. "I wanted you guys to be the first to know that FOX have confirmed that @TheXFactorUSA will be back next year for it's third season," Simon tweeted last week. "It was important for you to be the first to know because it is thanks to your support and enthusiasm we are coming back.

"I want to personally thank each and every one of you, it is hugely appreciated and never forgotten

"The live shows for this season are days away, I have a feeling, as we say in the UK, we are in for a complete ding dong! @TheXFactorUSA"

However it means that it's unlikely that Simon will return to the UK version, with ITV not wanting to move the dates of the series.

"We could look at changing the dates of The X Factor’s live shows so it didn’t clash with Simon’s American schedule, but ITV wants to keep the programme in the crucial months in the lead-up to Christmas. There’s no way he can do both shows," a source told the Daily Mail today.

The insider added: "Next year, with a refreshed judges’ line-up, we could have a real comeback. But securing Simon was a crucial part of that plan. His advisers think it will be impossible to make a weekly transatlantic trip and ITV doesn’t want to move the dates, so it’s hard to see what arrangement could be made."

With this year's series in the UK also experiencing a ratings decline, it's clear that bosses are going to have to make some changes before auditions begin again.

The current [cat c="the x factor"]XFactor[/cat] live shows continue this Saturday night with a spooky Halloween themed episode as the remaining ten contestants perform live once again.

The latest results show follows on Sunday, which will feature performances from Fun. and Robbie Williams, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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