‘The X Factor’ UK: Simon Cowell cements return as judge

The latest news -After weeks and weeks of constant rumors, mostly from the hyperventilating British press, the news is now official: Simon Cowell is in fact set to return to “The X Factor” UK this upcoming season. This marks the first time in three years that Cowell will sit back down into his chair as a judge, and actually try to fully monitor the search for Britain’s next big star.

In a statement today confirming the news, Simon not only expressed his excitement to be back on the show that started it all for him, but also expressed that there is no truth to any of the talk that a full panel has been set:

“I’m 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. The UK X Factor has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars over the years – including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, JLS and Little Mix.

“Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see….”

What does mean about the American version for the show? It’s not good. The fate of “The X Factor” USA is not confirmed, but it’s next to impossible that Simon would be back as a judge. If the show lives on, it would have to do so without him.

Ultimately, we do feel like Cowell’s return to the UK is a net positive for the show, but those who think it will be a huge ratings bump may be kidding themselves. It’s very hard to create a massively successful show that sustains, and there is just too much singing on TV these days. Also, Simon has grown to be very regimented and cliche with his criticism, over-using such phrases as “little star” to the point where it no longer matters that you are called that.

Are you okay with seeing Simon back on the show as a judge again, and do you think it is actually going to matter to turn around the show’s ratings? Share some of your thoughts below! Also, click here to read the latest news about reigning champ Sam Bailey, and also here to hear the first single from runner-up Nicholas McDonald.

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