X Factor boss keen for Simon Cowell return

Richard Holloway, executive producer of 'The X Factor', wants Simon Cowell to return to the ITV1 talent show, and he will meet the music mogul in January for a "crisis summit" to discuss how the programme can be improved

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An 'X Factor' boss is trying to "find a way" to get Simon Cowell back on the show.

Richard Holloway, executive producer of the ITV talent show, will meet the music mogul - who quit the programme to concentrate on setting up 'The X Factor' USA last year - for a "crisis summit" in January to discuss how to improve next year's series and see if it is possible for Simon to return to the judging panel.

He said: "There is not one element we will not be looking at carefully - from judges and start times to auditions and glitzy productions.

"I'd love him to come back. He's the best judge in the world, Never say never! If we can find a way to reintroduce him, we will. But it is impossible for him to be in two places."

A number of changes are expected to be made to 'The X Factor' next year, and Richard admitted he would prefer the programme to air earlier on a Saturday and Sunday evening, which would see the show compete with 'Strictly Come Dancing', to improve viewing figures.

He explained: "This is a bit of a raw nerve. 'The X Factor' is a family show. If I could pick my start time, it would be 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. At the latest we should be off air at 9.30pm. It allows the kids to stay up, and older ones to watch and then go out and drink; 10pm is too late and our larger shows are coming off air at 10.30pm."

Richard insists bosses are desperate for the 10th anniversary series to be "amazing" and he believes this year's winner James Arthur will inspire more wannabes to audition.

He added to The Observer newspaper: "It's our 10th anniversary in 2013, and we want it to be amazing. It's about who the judges will be next year. Do we reformat the show? Do we introduce a new element?

"We have thousands and thousands of applicants wanting to audition for next year. James Arthur will inspire people with similar acts."

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