Simon Cowell to return to The X Factor?

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'X Factor' bosses are said to be begging Simon Cowell to return to the ITV1 show after BBC One rival 'Strictly Come Dancing' bagged a bigger share of the audience on Saturday night (29.10.11) for the first time in four years.

'X Factor' bosses are said to be begging Simon Cowell to return to the ITV1 show.

After BBC One rival 'Strictly Come Dancing' bagged a bigger share of the audience on Saturday night (29.10.11) for the first time in four years, programme chiefs are "desperate" for the 52-year-old music mogul to resume his place as the resident Mr. Nasty on the judging panel.

However, with Simon - who dropped out of the UK 'X Factor' to concentrate on the US launch of the show earlier this year - already committed to the American series, frantic bosses are now looking at a way for him to appear via video-link from Los Angeles.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "The basic fact is that viewers miss Simon Cowell. The whole atmosphere that builds up on the show to the judges' verdicts on the acts is gone.

"Unfortunately, no matter how much he would like to, he can't be in two places at one and he is committed to the American show at the moment. But bosses are desperate for him to be involved somehow, even if it means a video-link from Los Angeles.

"There might have been midnight calls to him to try and persuade him. What they are looking for is a way to get him back on the show. He is 'The X Factor' after all and he has the X Factor and that is the factor that is missing."

Meanwhile, ITV1 bosses have been forced to admit to altering controversial hopeful Kitty Brucknell's rendition of 'Sweet Dreams' on Saturday night's Halloween-themed show with a "robotic effect".

A spokesperson told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "'The X Factor' does not use Auto-Tuning. Kitty's track had a retro electronic style, so a robotic effect was used so that the vocals were in keeping with the track.

"This did not alter the pitch or tone of the vocals in any way. If Kitty had hit a wrong note viewers would have heard it."

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