X Factor to have wildcards?

Simon Cowell has hinted that there may be wildcards - which sees rejected contestants return to the show - on this year's 'X Factor' as he reveals he would bring the format back "in a heartbeat"

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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has hinted axed 'X Factor' contestants may return to the show.

The music mogul is a big fan of the format, which sees them bring some of the evicted hopefuls back to the show, fuelling speculation it is not yet the end of the road for some of this year's contestants.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, he said: "Would I like to bring back the Wild Card this series? I would do it in a heartbeat.

"But it's not my decision. Well, it's not just my decision. I have influence over what we do but it's more complicated than you may think. We have to run ideas past a lot of people!"

However, the 56-year-old judge was less keen on the live element of the judges' houses round, admitting it was "hell".

He shared: "It was hell. For the first time, I know what it feels like to be a contestant. At that stage listening to people boo you."

But Simon is pleased the new format allowed him to avoid any chances of regretting his decisions ahead of the live shows.

He told Digital Spy: "It was Jennifer that was going to take Max's place, but 100% Max should have had it. I felt it in the room. If I was watching it back, that's who I would have gone with. He got me at Judges' Houses and that's what Judges' Houses was all about.

"I'm 100% fine with my decision. This is the first time I've made a decision on Judges' Houses watching it back as a member of the public. Normally I make it watching it back and I regret my decisions, so this was easier in a way. But we start again next week and they've got a point to prove so we'll see if we've made the right decisions or the wrong decisions."

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