The X Factor will not return to ITV this year as Simon Cowell has decided to “rest” the series until 2021

The talent series is having its first year off in 16 years.


And for good reason, too – because literally no one is fazed in anyway whatsoever by this news.

Okay, that’s not official and a tad harsh (don’t come for me, Simon), but let’s face it; the series has not matured well. And this is coming from diehard fan… of the 2009 edition.

I just call them “The Cheryl years”.

Dannii Minogue, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole pose with the most popular talent show award awarded to X Factor in the press room at the National Television Awards held the at The O2 Arena on 20th January, 2010.


Earlier this afternoon, The Sun broke the news that the ITV talent show would not be returning to screens in any of its current formats in 2020. The show is reportedly set to return in 2021 after a year-long break.

According to sources close to The Sun, X Factor judge and executive producer Simon Cowell wants to spend some time working out whether there is any life in the show in its current format, or whether a serious revamp is needed. I can do this really quickly for you, if you like, Simon: more diversity, way more drama, less boybands and far less Louis Walsh. There you go.

One source reportedly 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.”

Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell pose for photos after auditioning hundreds of hopeful musicians during the very first season of The X Factor in 2004.


Cowell did his best to inject a little ‘2019’ into The X Factor brand by launching The X Factor: The Band and The X Factor: Celebrity. Sadly, no one seemed to gave a s**t, with neither reinvention managing to bring in the desired ratings last year. Tbh, all I really remember from X Factor: Celebrity is that Pussycat Dolls performance.


That’s a lie. I also remember this:

Oh, and Lizzo’s live performance, actually.

Okay, maybe the celebrity edition wasn’t so bad. But it was no Witcher or You, was it? This is the first time I’ve written ‘X Factor’ in an article in months.


Little Mix found fame on The X Factor in 2011.

In its heyday, The X Factor was responsible for launching the careers of some of the biggest stars in music, including Leona Lewis, Little Mix and One Direction, but as of late… well, just name me one recent X Factor winner. Go on, I’ll wait.


I really want The X Factor to find its feet again in a world of TikTok, Netflix and avocado on toast, so I’m all for a rejuvenating break.

Go and find your x factor, X Factor. We’ll be fine – we’ve got Disney+ coming out next month and a Friends reunion on the horizon. 

Images via ITV and Getty