X Factor UK needs Simon Cowell back, says Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden (Britain's Got Talent 2012)

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said The X Factor needs Simon Cowell back.

The West End performer suggested that Simon is “probably disappointed” with the show this year, after ratings fell to their lowest in years.

Simon returned to the panel of BGT earlier this year after it suffered a similar decline with a new panel last year, and Amanda thinks the music mogul now needs to save The X Factor too.

Speaking at a charity event for London’s Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Amanda said: “If he’s got any sense he’ll get on his white horse and he’ll come charging back next year and save it."

8.4 million viewers watched the latest episode on Saturday night, down almost four million viewers on last year's equivalent episode, and two million below rival Strictly Come Dancing.

Louis Walsh has also been calling for Simon's return.

He said recently: “If Simon did come back, he’d have the No1 show. That’s the thing about Simon – he always wants to be No1.

“We need him in the building, he’s always fun, he keeps everybody on their toes.”


The X Factor continues with its live shows this weekend with a guilty pleasures theme.

Sunday's results show will feature performances from Alicia Keys and Olly Murs, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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