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Simon Cowell has hinted that the hit TV music competition X Factor could be hitting our screens once again in the near future. The ITV talent show had 15 series, with the final episode airing in 2018.
The show launched the careers of some of the most successful pop stars in global music, including One Direction, Little Mix, JLS and Olly Murs, as well as TV personalities including Stacey Solomon and Rylan Clark.
Appearing on BBC The One Show, former head judge Simon said: "There are something like 100,000 songs uploaded every day...it's very difficult to get a record deal."
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Ahead of AGT: All-Stars' premiere in January, Simon Cowell is revealing what keeps bringing him back to the franchise.America’s Got Talent: All-Stars is set to be part of the 2023 TV schedule when it premieres on NBC on January 2, marking the third spinoff of the talent contest series. Simon Cowell serves as a judge on the new series alongside Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum.
He continued: "I would argue it's harder today to get a record deal than ever....The show did what it intended to do...it did launch careers."
Simon appeared on The One Show with former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan, who put her name behind calls for the show to make a return.
She said: "Simon and I would love to make it a better show for contestants, and for the longevity of contestants." Appearing to admit the show could soon return, Simon added: "There might be a plan here. There might be a conversation."
It's not the first time Simon has been asked about the return of X Factor, which featured a number of high-profile judges, including Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams. Simon said he would only revive the show if it went back to its roots.
Simon Cowell sparks fan concern and looks 'unrecognisable' in video
Simon Cowell has sparked concern from fans in a new video shared to social media on Thursday. The TV mogul, 63, looked unrecognisable as he sported an incredibly smooth complexion, bright white teeth and enhanced features which could have been a result of cosmetic work. During the video, Simon encouraged people to get in touch in order to audition for Britain's Got Talent, just days after judge David Walliams quit the show.
© BBC Simon Cowell appeared on The One Show yesterday (December 8)
Despite the possibility of the legendary competition returning, a number of viewers watching the X Factor couldn't help but point out that years on, Simon looks "unrecognisable".
One user wrote on social media: "Just had the #TheOneShow on and Simon Cowell looks nothing like his original self. I’m not here to slate but to alter your face to that extent."
Another added: "WTF is this the same person Simon Cowell," while a third viewer said: "Simon Cowell doesn’t look well. Hope he’s ok." Others did compliment his appearance however, with one viewer commenting: "Don’t know what skin products Simon Cowell uses but he’s looking great here. The Peter Pan of Pop."
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