The X Factor is set to undergo some huge changes. According to reports, Simon Cowell is attempting to boost ratings by cutting the number of live weekend shows, holding auditions in theme parks and scrapping novelty acts.
The Sun reports that live shows will be cut from 10 to 6 with acts being voted off on both Saturdays and Sundays. There will also be celebrity performances on both nights.
Some auditions are even set to be held in Thorpe Park.
A source told the paper:
“Ratings plummeted and Simon knew a drastic revamp was needed.
“The Saturday night show became so tedious as there was rarely any drama which an eviction would bring.
“ITV believes transforming it is the right decision. It means all singers will perform on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with acts being eliminated both nights.
“They are doing the Thorpe Park auditions early on too, because producers think the unconventional location will create some funny footage.
It's reported Cowell will also discourage novelty acts like Honey G, Jedward and Wagner.
The source added:
“Ultimately, show bosses are determined to make another star.
“They don’t want the show to be a laughing stock again like it was with Honey G.”
Simon, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh are set to return as judges, when the show returns this autumn.