X Factor 2016 judges 'weren't cheap' says Simon Cowell but 'worth every penny'

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Simon Cowell says he's listened to viewers when making changes to The X Factor this year.

The new series of the ITV show begins this month and Simon has revealed how producers have listened to complaints about last year's run.

"The audience of this show is very vocal, and with social media there's no escaping it," Simon said this month. "It became very clear very quickly that the audience didn't like it [last year].

"But you know what? When that happens, we can move just as quickly to change things, and we have. We've listened."

In an interview with Weekend magazine, Simon recalled how the X Factor team met in LA to overhaul the show.

He explained: "We gathered all the producers together, as we do every year, and asked them, 'Who would you like to see on the panel this year?' Every single one came up with this line-up. That's never happened before."

Simon went on: "If we've learned anything over the last few weeks, it's that democracy rules. When the public want their own way, they get their own way."

But the new line up of X Factor judges - Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger - along with host Dermot O'Leary are understood to have cost around £5 million to hire.

"None of them were cheap but believe me they're worth every penny," Simon concluded.

The X Factor 2016 starts later this month on ITV.

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