The X Factor turns to 80s to win back viewers

'The X Factor' will feature more classic songs for the older generation to recognise in a bid to win back viewers following low ratings last year

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Christopher Maloney

Christopher Maloney

'The X Factor' will try to appeal to older viewers next series.

The singing competition will attempt to win back audiences by featuring songs from the 1970s and 80s for the older generation to recognise after dropping millions of viewers last year.

Research conducted by ITV reportedly found one of the reasons viewers tuned out of the show was because there were too many current chart songs and not enough "classics".

Meanwhile, 35-year-old cruise ship singer Christopher Maloney's success in the competition is being linked to him singing older songs such as 'The Rose' by Bette Midler and 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' by Bonnie Tyler.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Including more songs from the 70s and 80s will help it stay connected with mums, dads and grandparents who don't know the latest chart sensation.

"Chris sang songs older viewers could sing along to. He got votes because people figured it would guarantee they heard something they knew each week."

Despite being shunned by the show's judges - including Louis Walsh, Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger - Christopher, who was mentored by Gary Barlow, made it through to the semi-final stage by winning the public's vote.

The 'X Factor' producers are looking to shake up the show ahead of its tenth series later this year. Former judge Tulisa will reportedly be replaced by former judge Sharon Osbourne or Spice Girls singer Mel B.

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