Monday 26 September 2016

ITV to 'rest' the X Factor for 2017 to make way for The Voice UK - report

Published 04/02/2016 | 12:37

X Factor judges: Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, and presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs
X Factor judges: Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, and presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs

The X Factor will be taken off the air for a year due to plummeting ratings, according a report.

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The Daily Mail quotes a source as saying that ITV will 'rest' the show after a disastrous series which failed to perform despite changes to the presenting line-up and process.

In December, winner Louisa Johnson, entered the UK charts at number nine, the lowest chart rating for a winner's single in the show's history.

The final was also watched by 8.2million, the lowest ever viewership for an X Factor final.

The Voice coaches Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George, Will.i.am
The Voice coaches Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith, Boy George, Will.i.am

ITV recently acquired The Voice UK from the BBC and the source claims the broadcaster will focus on that series next year instead.

The move comes at a time when Simon Cowell's shows X Factor and Britain's Got Talent contracts with ITV expire.

"[ITV] will rest hte X Factor for 2017 because there is no way they can run two singing contests and BGT in the same year, they cannot do it," said the source.

"Particularly because the X Factor contract is coming to an end and it has been a disaster.

"If The Voice is a success it's unlikely they will bring back the X Factor but if The Voice is a disaster they have the X Factor."

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