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Monday 21 April 2014

X Factor ends in US after 3 seasons

Simon Cowell will return to the UK version of The X Factor as the show will not be returning in the US this year (AP)

The X Factor is ending in the US after three seasons.

Fox and the show's production companies announced yesterday that the US edition of the singing competition will not be coming back this autumn.

X Factor head judge and creator-executive producer Simon Cowell will instead return to the U.K. version of the show later this year.

"I've had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol," Cowell said.

"And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public - most of the time!"

The acerbic judge initially predicted that X Factor would be a major hit before its 2011 debut, but the show never garnered stellar ratings, which continued to dip in last year's third season.

The show's hosts and judging panel was revamped each season with Paul Abdul, Antonio "LA" Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland among those joining Cowell on the panel.

AP

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