Remember when there were going to be two series of The X Factor this year? The plan was for one celebrity edition and one ‘All Stars’ version uniting some of the biggest contestants from years previous.
The celebrity version is currently airing, but we’ve barely heard a peep about the other version, except for some former contestants saying that they aren’t interested in doing it.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, X Factor All Stars isn’t airing this year. But that doesn’t mean that Simon Cowell is giving up on the brand. In fact, he’s planning to do another spin-off show very, very soon.
Speaking to The Sun, the media mogul detailed a new show called X Factor The Band, which is set to find a new girl group and boy band. Auditions will begin soon and the show will air early next year, meaning it was probably clash with Little Mix’s BBC show The Search.
“I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management,” he claimed.
“I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021. Then we had the fallout and find out Little Mix were bringing their show forward.
“Was that intentional because we are doing our show? I have no idea. But regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first. It 100% makes it more exciting there being a battle.”
Cowell has a very specific aim for the new spin-off, and that is to replicate the success of BTS. “K-Pop is ruling the world,” he added. “This is a show to find a band to launch UK-Pop. It’s more than winning a record contract, it’s starting a new music wave.”
No pressure then.
The judge also played down any rumours of ITV wanting to drop the show, stating a new deal has been agreed regarding X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and should be announced soon.
“There is every possibility next year there could be three X Factor shows – Celebrity, All Stars and another group show,” he continued. “The important thing about why ITV is supporting us is that it’s the young people watching us. The 16 to 34 viewership on X Factor Celebrity is enormous, even bigger than Love Island.
“ITV are thrilled. There’s a lot of confidence back in the format now… We get offers all the time to buy these shows. We’ve had offers from streaming companies paying a lot more money than ITV to buy the show. But we have a great relationship with ITV.”
And while X Factor Celebrity isn’t doing fantastically in the ratings, Cowell has a feeling it will catch on.
The X Factor: Celebrity continues on Saturday (November 9) on ITV.
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