Simon Cowell's X Factor shake-up
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 August 2017
Simon Cowell is moving the 'X Factor' final to early December in order to avoid a clash with 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Simon Cowell is moving the 'X Factor' final to avoid a clash with 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The music mogul reportedly doesn't want his show to have to compete with the BBC dance contest this year, so has decided to air the 'X Factor' final in early December, while 'Strictly' will continue on until the middle of the month.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: "This year 'X Factor' will air on Saturdays and Sundays from the start.
"We'll have more pre-recorded shows, but fewer live shows, so the series will air for fewer weeks than before.
"It looks likely that the final will be in early December."
The show is also set to see a huge shake-up regarding format as Simon is on a desperate mission to save it from getting the chop after last year's viewing figures were a flop.
A source said recently: "Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed. The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring. ITV believes transforming it is the right decision."
Meanwhile, Simon recently revealed that Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne are paid more than Louis Walsh for 'The X Factor'.
Simon revealed that he's prepared to part with more cash when it comes to nabbing the two females for his judging panel because he knows that the Irish music manager is willing to take any fee in order to reclaim his seat on the series.
When asked about the recent BBC wages reveal, Simon said: "For once this is good news. Victory. Yeah, they definitely are. I just don't tell Louis. He's got enough money for a bum implant so he shouldn't be complaining. I'm almost like a pioneer I guess, yeah. If they get the money, it doesn't matter to me whether you're a boy or a girl. But I would say we've probably paid girls more money than guys over the years."