The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent have already found new studios for their live shows


Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor have already found new homes for their live shows after bidding farewell to Fountain Studios - but rival Strictly Come Dancing has thrown a wrench in the plans.

Next year the Fountain complex in Wembley, London - where both of Simon Cowell's major talent contests have been based since they began - will be demolished to make way for a new housing development.

But bosses haven't been resting on their laurels, as they have already secured replacement studios months in advance.

Fremantle Media, which co-produces both shows with Cowell's firm Syco, told Broadcast magazine that Britain's Got Talent will move to Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire for its eleventh series.

Elstree is home to the Big Brother house, and also hosts the likes of Celebrity Juice, The Voice and Pointless.

However, The X Factor will not be able to join its sister show at Elstree - because arch rival Strictly Come Dancing has already booked the space.

Instead, it will move to LH2 Studios, a production facility in Acton, London.

Both new locations are significantly bigger than Fountain, so future live shows should be even more spectacular.

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary recently mourned Fountain's demise, saying: "I started here when I was still a runner. I got a screen test and the pilot ended up being here.

"It was my first ever hosting job so it holds a great poignancy and big significance to me."

Last weekend's episode of spin-off The Xtra Factor is understood to be the last programme ever recorded at Fountain.

Tomorrow The X Factor moves to The SSE Arena, Wembley for its grand final. An audience of 10,000 will watch as Saara Aalto, Five After Midnight and Matt Terry compete to win.

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