The X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell set to axe 'boring' Bootcamp stage

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2013)

Simon Cowell is reportedly planning a shake-up for The X Factor 2014 that will see the Bootcamp stage get the axe.

According to The Sun, Cowell is 'fed up' with the show's old format - which has been in place since its inception - and wants to give greater emphasis to the controversial six-chair challenge introduced last year.

Under the proposed idea, the panel will now whittle down the 200-plus acts that get past the auditions without callbacks - possibly by sifting through photos, similarly to sister show Britain's Got Talent.

After the categories are handed out, the remaining 80 acts will then face the six-chair challenge, where they'll sing for the chance to take up one of six seats representing places in the Judges' Houses round.

If a judge hears an act they want to send through after all the chairs are filled, they can only do so if they get rid of their existing six.

So it's pretty much last year's Bootcamp in all but name.

An X Factor source told the newspaper: "Simon thinks the bootcamp process can drag on a bit and isn’t very exciting. The plan is to axe it and just focus more on the six-chair challenge.

"Simon loves it — the drama and controversy is right up his street."

The media mogul is said to be 'micro-managing' every aspect of the new series in an attempt to reverse its fortunes, after viewing figures crashed to their lowest levels in years - allowing rival show Strictly Come Dancing to claim victory in the ratings war.

As part of the changes, Cowell and Cheryl Cole have confirmed that they'll be returning to the judging panel for the first time since 2010.

Open producer auditions for The X Factor 2014 take place next month.

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