Fans of The X Factor might want to look away now, as the show might not return to screens for a while according to ITV’s Kevin Lygo.
The TV favourite, which sees members of the public showing off their singing talents in a bid to obtain a life-changing record deal, was paused in 2020 in order to have a year’s rest.
However, it seems ITV are now considering taking the competition off-air completely after the break period.
ITV boss Kevin announced: “It’s not definitely returning, it might return, and if it does the format will tweak.
“I think people always talk about format changes. I know it was the most successful entertainment show for decades.
“And you need to be wary of changes, we all think there were too many changes towards the end of the run, but I’m sure X Factor will be back at some stage and it’s really, ‘When is the right moment’.
“Simon controls it more than we do. When does he want it to come back, how does he want to come back? Hopefully we can be part of it.”
Simon Cowell, 60, who recently broke his back following a bike accident, has previously signed a deal to air Britain’s Got Talent until 2024, which included a 2020 version of X Factor.
However a source has since told The Sun: “Simon wants to really think through the show and how to reinvigorate it for the future.
“Although The X Factor is contracted for one more series, ITV totally understand the rationale behind the idea of resting it this year and want to give Simon and the team the time to do what they feel is right.”
The X Factor has been behind some of the UK’s most famous artists and bands, including One Direction, Little Mix and Leona Lewis.
There have since been spin-off shows including X Factor: Celebrity and X Factor: The Band, but neither had the same success as the original The X Factor.