X Factor UK: The Boss Is Back!

Simon Cowell and ITV confirmed Simon’s return to X Factor UK.

Check out the press release:

The X Factor Creator Simon Cowell Returns To UK Show For 2014
ITV and Simon Cowell are delighted to announce that he is to return to the UK X Factor in Autumn 2014.

Simon Cowell will lead the judging panel when the most talked about show on UK television returns to ITV screens for its 11th series later this year.

Simon, the creator of The X Factor, returns to the UK X Factor after three years in the US working on the American version of the hit worldwide show.

The record label executive, whose entertainment company Syco co-produces The X Factor with Fremantle Media UK, says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.”

“The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years – including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, JLS and Little Mix.”

Simon continued: “Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see….”

Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, said: “It’s fantastic news that Simon is returning to The X Factor. We are all very much looking forward to him re-joining the judging panel later this year.”

Sara Geater, CEO Fremantle Media UK: “We’re delighted to welcoming Simon back to the panel for this year’s X Factor and are looking forward to what is sure to be a great series.”

Notes to editors:

– The rest of the UK XF judging panel will be announced in the coming months.
– The XF UK will return to British TV in Autumn. Judges auditions are due to start in June.
– The X Factor is one of the biggest brands in the world and individual versions of the show currently air in 45 countries.
– Stars that have emerged from the X Factor have sold more than 150 million records to date, making the show incomparable in its success versus rival talent shows.

The press release says the rest of the judging panel will be announced in the coming months, but according to The Sun, Simon will be reunited with his old pal Louis Walsh.

And X Factor USA? According to Daily Mirror, it will be “rested”.

Mateja Praznik

I study law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In my free time I like to read books, watch TV and listen to music. I'm also a huge cat lover and I own 5 cats and a dog.
I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.

  • http://www.jstamers.com/ Jordan Seltzer

    Will be rested? Says The Mirror – a very credible news organization.

  • Marko

    I doubt that he will save the UK show from ratings decline.

  • Jeff Dodge

    Rested? I get what they mean by it, but that’s kind of a strange word to use to describe it.

  • Kesia Monteith

    LOL “Rested”. Simon, don’t put up a front and show you have pride now. You’re giving up, and they will end your show if you don’t return. That’s fine. It wasn’t working anyway. Just say it out loud and call it a day. Not many viewers were watching, and not many will ever watch it her in North America.

  • Amy Beth

    Rested? What about tanned?

  • Jeff Dodge

    If X Factor USA really is going to be canceled, I really hope that doesn’t give the record label an excuse to slack off when it comes to Alex & Sierra-I really want them to put out a fantastic album and have strong marketing/publicity behind it.

  • Larc

    Simon continued: “Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have
    not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet.”

    Translation: “I have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet.”

  • Larc

    They could have said XF US will be “put out of its misery.” But that might sound a bit uncivilized for Brits.

  • Eileen99

    Rested…… lol OK. They should give up on the US XF and put all their promotional efforts into supporting Idol in its last however many years. There’s no way XF will catch up to The Voice in popularity at this point.

  • Sassycatz

    So … does “it will be rested” mean that U.S. X-Factor isn’t coming back this fall? That’s how I read it, if the Daily Mirror is to be believed.

  • Incipit

    That’s what it sounds like to me, Sassycatz. Cowell can recycle all those “Also Sprach Zarathustra” style commercials his people made for XFactor US back in 2011 and use them for XFUK… – Heh. Cowell Returns Redux. Bye.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, it’s not like the label waited for excuses to slack off with the prior two winners, so I don’t think Sony has any illusions left about XFUSA as a launching pad that guarantees a substantial fanbase.

    Under those circumstances, if the label likes A&S as artists, they’ll get good songs and generous promo. Whether XFUSA is on the air may not matter.

  • mason williams

    idol the voice agt sing off, there are many options
    x factor isn’t really needed

  • shell29

    I expect this news is just a precursor to another announcement regarding X Factor US. Maybe it will be ‘rested’ like Canadian Idol (never to return).

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Newton’s First Law of Television Dynamics: objects at “rest” tend to stay at “rest”…

  • Larc

    I think it’s rather clear. The Mirror claims FOX wanted Simon to travel between the UK and US and work with both shows, but he decided against it. No Simon, no US XF. Although I’m guessing the decision may have been a bit more mutual than the Mirror indicates. FOX had to be dissatisfied with XF ratings that showed promise only of dropping further.

  • Sassycatz

    Maybe it’ll be rested until Idol actually does leave the stage, then it will be brought back again. That is, if both FOX and Cowell are interested and singing competitions still have some cache. A lot of big ifs!

  • vd88

    Even with the ratings decline X Factor UK is a much bigger deal than US X Factor like it’s actually important over there.

  • Marko

    So Simon will just have to wait for couple of years.

  • Marko

    True. IMO it’s much more entertaining than the US version. Nevertheless it’s aging show just like Idol.

  • Jason Gorny

    I also think that having Simon on the UK panel will mean that it’s likely A&S may promote their single on the result show later on allowing them an opportunity to break into the UK market?

  • Jason Gorny

    Yeah, similar to how American Idol is here.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Honestly, I wouldn’t even put a UK push for A&S in the budget if I were the label. It’s a long shot to succeed with major success here in the U.S. and doomed without it, so I’d spend every penny on making the U.S. sales happen, then go back to the well for more $$$ if they proved so undeniable that an international launch was wanted.

    Most of the XFUK acts are never launched in the U.S. — the exceptions like Leona Lewis, One Direction, and Little Mix are the acts who did exceptionally well in their home country and whose strong performance showed the hallmarks of not being mostly post-show fan enthusiasm.

  • Karen C

    Maybe it means it just won’t air in the fall? Maybe moved to Summer? Or rested mean it actually will be cancelled.
    I think we will know for sure in a couple of months because auditions would have to start in the Spring for a fall show.
    Maybe Simon didn’t agree with the terms that Fox wanted anyway. X Factor is much more successful in the UK anyway.

  • Karen C

    I kind of think once Idol goes that’s about it except for the Voice.

  • Karen C

    It’s official, TV line is reporting X Factor US was cancelled

    Michael Slezak @MichaelSlezakTV
    Fox Cancels The X Factor After 3 Seasons

  • Nedsdag

    I think the death knell was The Sing Off getting higher ratings at the same time.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Meaning it’s permanently “rested” for good. LOL

  • Pat H

    Where’s the XF is cancelled headline thread?!!

    I hope Simon doesn’t abandon Alex and Sierra!

  • Miz

    Just read of the cancellation of XF US in Variety.


    Makes sense for Simon to only do the UK version. But I wonder if it’s really his decision for it to be ‘rested’. I’d think FOX didn’t like watching it bleed out any further.

  • Karen C

    If it was true that Fox did offer to do a shortened season, with just the one week of live shows, possibly Simon didn’t want to do that. So it could have still been his decision not to take the modified program