Simon Cowell to Depart U.S. Version of The X Factor


Simon Cowell attending FOX’s “The X Factor” U.S. Season 3 Finale in Los Angeles. Photo copyright by Andrew Evans / PR Photos.

Simon Cowell to Depart U.S. Version of The X Factor

Entertainment Mogul to Return as Judge on “The X Factor UK” and Focus on Continued Global Success of International Formats

For  whatever reason, The X Factor never took off in the USA. The series – just like NBC’s The Voice – has yet to discover an artist that can be considered a star.

The reality TV series flat-lined the last season and this fact had FOX and Simon Cowell re-assess their commitment on the show for the American market. X Factor has concluded its domestic run after three seasons, it was announced today by Syco, FremantleMedia North America and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). Around 6.2 million viewers tuned in to see Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio debut as the newest “X Factor” judges in 2013. Season 2 featured a wooden Britney Spears and listless Demi Lovato as judges, and that premiere pulled in 8.7 million viewers. Spears and L.A. Reid left the show after Season 2 with Lovato and Simon Cowell remaining on board for Season 3.

Cowell put a good spin o the bad news: “I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on THE X FACTOR and AMERICAN IDOL. 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!)…Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”

“To all of us at FOX, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Unfortunately, there is no X FACTOR USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”

In 2013, Alex & Sierra won Season Three of THE X FACTOR, and during the live shows, the duo reached No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart twice with six singles also breaking into the iTunes Top 20. Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony became international stars after Season Two of THE X FACTOR. Emblem3’s first album, “Nothing To Lose,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Fifth Harmony’s EP, “Better Together,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard chart and reached Top 10 on iTunes in 41 countries, giving them the biggest debut album from any U.S. television competition series in 2012. Fifth Harmony were listed on MTV’s “Artist to Watch” for 2014 and also were the voices of Barbie’s new anthem, “Anything Is Possible.” They are on tour this spring with Demi Lovato, Little Mix and Cher Lloyd. Emblem3’s debut album, “Nothing To Lose,” reached No. 1 on iTunes in 14 countries.