The 'X Factor' axed after 17 years

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The X Factor has been axed after 17 years.

ITV has said there are “no current plans” for another series of Simon Cowell’s singing competition.

The statement came following reports in The Sun that Cowell had axed the programme.

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The newspaper said the reality show was being rested for at least five years.

Simon Cowell attends the Britain's Got Talent Auditions Photocall at the London Palladium. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Simon Cowell's shown has been axed. (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

However, it also said sources had indicated that the programme was "unlikely" to be back on UK screens at all.

An ITV spokesman said in a statement: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”

The X Factor - which launched the careers of chart stars such as One Direction, Leona Lewis, Olly Murs and Little Mix - first aired in 2004, when Cowell was joined by Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attending the filming of the X Factor at Wembley Arena in London.
Cheryl was on 'X Factor'. (PA)

Over the years other celebrity judges have included Cheryl, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.

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The programme last aired in 2018, when Dalton Harris was crowned the winner.

Louis Walsh, Melanie Brown, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell were the X Factor judges in 2014 (ITV/Rex)
Louis Walsh, Melanie Brown, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell were the X Factor judges in 2014 (ITV/Rex)

However, Cowell does have another project in the pipeline.

Last month it was revealed that the music mogul will lead a panel of judges in a new musical gameshow for ITV titled Walk The Line.

One Direction (L-R) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan during the X Factor Press Conference ahead of the live final on the 11th and 12th of December 2010, London
One Direction found fame after appearing on the show. (PA)

The show is part talent contest and part gameshow, as singers decide whether to stay in the competition or cash out.

Additional reporting by PA.

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