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"X Factor" cancels after three seasons

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014 23:02

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Left to right: X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Fox and X Factor USA's production companies announced Friday that Fox is cancelling the show after three seasons. The singing competition will not be returning in the fall, according to

Creator and executive producer Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the UK’s X Factor. According to Mail Online he admits to being:

absolutely thrilled to be returning to the X Factor UK. It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Demi Lovato, who was a judge for the past two seasons, will be returning to music:

I started the show being a singer and a musician, and so I'm going to go back to that. It's been really great, but I'm so excited for 2014. I'm going to dedicate it completely and entirely to music touring and making a new album. Possibly releasing one.

The X Factor has had a rocky three seasons, and according to Rolling Stone the audience was on the decline:

The X Factor has been unsteady since its 2011 U.S. premiere: viewership fell from an average 12.5 million per episode that year to 9.7 million per episode. Cowell has swapped out judges each season, flipping Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger for Spears and Lovato in season two. In season three Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joined, replacing Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Cowell’s first intention of producing the show was to create a successful winner like past American idol champions. That was not the case with the X Factor USA because it has consistently dropped in ratings, and has not had one successful winner in all three seasons.

Fox and the show’s production companies made the right decision to finally pull the plug. 

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