X Factor bosses have revealed they've not ruled out a return for Simon Cowell to the UK series.
The show's executive director Richard Holloway admitted this week that producers would be meeting in the new year to plan the tenth series next summer.
Amongst the changes are expected to be another new panel line up, the third change in as many years.
Speaking the Guardian at the weekend, Holloway said of Simon Cowell: "I'd love him to come back. He's the best judge in the world, Never say never! If we can find a way to reintroduce him, we will. But it is impossible for him to be in two places."
Meanwhile, the X Factor boss blamed the show's schedule for the decline in ratings and Strictly's triumph on Saturday nights.
He told the newspaper: "The X Factor is a family show. If I could pick my start time, it would be 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. At the latest we should be off air at 9.30pm. It allows the kids to stay up, and older ones to watch and then go out and drink; 10pm is too late and our larger shows are coming off air at 10.30pm."
As well as a new judging line up and a possible schedule change, bosses will decide whether to go back to basics with the performances.
Holloway explained: "There are conflicting views. There are those who say they just want to hear and see the song, but for the vast majority this is an entertainment extravaganza and we want to make it the best. Sometimes we go too far, but as the show progressed this time we did cut back. It is a singing contest."