X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell promises "change" to the format

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2013 judges)

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said next year will see changes to the show.

Speaking after the final of the US version in the States this week, Simon said: "Next year on our shows the rules change.

"I had a light bulb moment two weeks ago."

He also thanked the team behind this year's UK series, adding: "Thank you to the entire production team who worked on X factor uk. And of course the judges and the talent. And to everyone who watched."

There's sure to be some big changes next summer, with Gary Barlow and Sharon Osborune having already both confirmed their exits from the British series.

And in the states, Demi Lovato has announce she won't be back on the panel, with the American series tipped to be cancelled after another run of disappointing ratings this autumn.

It's led to plenty of speculation that Simon is set to return to the UK, with claims he and ITV have tentatively agreed a £25 million, three-year deal.

According to The Sun newspaper, Simon is “95 per cent” certain to be ready for a UK return, but a source warned: “there are still more meetings to go”.

Simon himself said previously he would be returning “at some point”, and hinted that Cheryl Cole could be joining him.

“I will [come back] at some point. I still miss that, I mean that show is my baby and that last year we did, which was the One Direction year, was the most fun I’ve had – it was fantastic,”the music mogul said. “When I look back at the clips now and remind myself about it, it was a really cool year.”


On rumours of a possible return for Girls Aloud’s Cheryl, Simon added: “Cheryl and I patched up our differences a long time ago.

“I saw her recently, we speak a lot on the phone and text each other, and I think both of us would like the idea of working together again.”

Other names linked to next year's UK panel have included Robbie Williams, Olly Murs and Rita Ora.

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