X Factor 2013 to axe arena auditions and go 'back to basics'

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The X Factor 2013 will see a major revamp that could see the end of arena auditions.

Hurrah!

It's about bloody time we say.

The over the top audition format was brought in back in 2009, replacing the more intimate first auditions which took place in hotel conference rooms.

The weekend's latest X Factor final was the least watched since 2005 and producers don't want even more viewers to tune out as they celebrate a tenth series next summer.

One source told The Sun newspaper: “It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the show is not in the best health. We have had some very strong singers this year but the show is feeling in need of a reboot.”

Next year's show is the last in the current deal between ITV1 and Simon Cowell's Syco production company.

As well as a return to the old-style auditions, amongst the changes being considered are adding Simon as a fifth independent judge.

The music mogul wouldn't mentor any acts, instead flying back and forth to appear on the US series.

It's claimed that the move could make the results show more interesting, with no possibility of deadlock.

And Simon's comments are sure to improve Saturday night's performance shows too.

Producers are also hoping to put the show out earlier and make it shorter, with some episodes this year finishing at 10:30PM.

Host Dermot O'Leary yesterday claimed that the series should go out earlier and head to head with rival Strictly Come Dancing.

He said: “If you want my honest opinion I think we go out too late. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t go head to head. I’d rather go head-head 100 per cent.”

He explained: “We’re a family show and I don’t know a family that starts watching at 8 o’clock and finishes watching at half past ten.

“If I worried about who watched this show I’d go out of my mind, If I thought about the however many million watch at home I’d go crazy.”

Auditions for The X Factor 2013 kick off in the Spring.

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