ITV to 'rest' the X Factor for 2017 to make way for The Voice UK - report
The X Factor will be taken off the air for a year due to plummeting ratings, according a report.
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.
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."