Cowell to sign new X Factor deal?

Simon Cowell is in talks about his X Factor deal

Simon Cowell is reportedly in talks to renew his X Factor deal with ITV.

The next series was rumoured to be the last one as Simon originally signed a ten year deal, but ITV's chief executive Adam Crozier is confident that the singing talent show has plenty of mileage left.

He told The Daily Mirror: "It is going to be around for quite some time. It remains a very important programme for ITV."

He added: "We've got to make sure we improve it and get it right.

"Funnily enough, we did the same with I'm A Celebrity, which dipped a little bit two years ago, and it has been back stronger than ever.

"It is perfectly possible to do it. All these shows need a bit of love and attention and for things to change to keep people interested."

Meanwhile, The Sun reported the judges are struggling to find good bands for the group category, during the first round of closed-door auditions.

The groups tends to be the weakest category, with the most successful bands being put together by the judges during the Boot Camp stages, like they did with One Direction and Little Mix.

An insider told the newspaper the lack of groups being put through to the live audience auditions was down to Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne, who are being particularly strict, and refuse to accept acts that still need some work.

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