“The X Factor” UK Will Not Return Until 2021

Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger in "The X Factor" UK. Photo by Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock (9239211bs)

Despite being contracted for additional seasons, The X Factor will not return this year in the UK. 

The British newspaper The Sun was first to report that the popular television competition show has been put to rest by its creator Simon Cowell after a sixteen-year run. 

“Simon is planning to rest The X Factor this year. He and the producers want to take a breath to really think through the show and how to reinvigorate it for the future. And they don’t believe they can do that if they go straight into another cycle of the show this year.”

“Although The X Factor is contracted for one more series, ITV totally understands 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,” another insider said. 

A spokesman for the show said: “Plans for this autumn are still being finalized and will be announced in due course. We are currently filming Britain’s Got Talent 2020.”