EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m so excited about it!’ Sinitta reveals Simon Cowell HAS contacted her about X Factor reboot and hints ‘reinvented’ show could return WITHOUT judges or TV channel
The singer, 58, who is well-known for assisting her former flame, 62, in the judges’ houses round, hinted the ‘reinvented’ show could return after five years without judges or even a TV channel, following claims it could jump ship from ITV.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at Metro’s 50 Years of Pride celebration in London, she gushed: ‘I’m so excited about it and I have spoken to Simon and I think it would be great for it to come back. I need to hear more.
Exciting! Sinitta has revealed Simon Cowell HAS contacted her about The X Factor reboot and hinted the ‘reinvented’ show could return WITHOUT judges or channel (pictured in June 2022)
‘He was kind of like, “We’ll talk next week,” so I don’t know if he was just being evasive or if he was genuinely busy but I was like, “Let’s talk, what’s going on?”
‘But I think it would be a great idea for it to come back and really really really reinvent it, make it different because talent is talent.
‘I think talent needs to be showcased, needs to be discovered. They need the help and it’s a great platform if it can be done again in a modern way maybe online so that the world can join.
‘I personally think online would be amazing. I think for it to be live streamed online to make it interactive and international would be incredible because that’s the way the world is now, yeah.’
Show favourite: The singer, 58, is well-known for assisting her former flame, 62, in the judges’ houses round (pictured in 2007)
She hastened to add: ‘And of course for me to be a very key judge, kind of player, mentor… I don’t even even know. Do we need judges? We definitely need mentors.
‘Judges? Not so much, cos if you’re on the show then you’re a winner so it’s just you need help, you need advice, you need mentoring, you need people to help shape you and bring out the best in you.
‘I don’t know. I don’t think you need judges. The public are gonna judge with their vote. The vote is the judges.’
It comes after The Daily Star alleged Simon is planning to revive the series in 2023 and ‘recapture the magic’ of the show – but it is not clear yet if it will remain at it’s ITV home.
In her element: She gushed to MailOnline: ‘I’m so excited about it and I have spoken to Simon and I think it would be great for it to come back. I need to hear more’ (pictured in 2009)
A source told the publication: ‘It has been decided that the time is right to bring it back. It’s really exciting.
‘Everyone who will be working on the new series can’t wait to get started.
‘Things are in the early stages at the moment. But the wheels are definitely in motion. It is hoped that production will begin at the end of the year.’
The insider added that Simon has been having secret conversations with a production company about his plans and has reportedly ‘struck a big-money deal’.
Keen: She continued: ‘He was kind of like, “We’ll talk next week,” so I don’t know if he was just being evasive or if he was genuinely busy but I was like, “Let’s talk, what’s going on?”‘
He is reportedly set to continue with a series of meeting with industry bosses in the coming months.
ITV and Simon were contacted by MailOnline for further comment. ITV declined to comment.
X Factor first aired in 2004 and ran fo 15 series, with an array of changing judges including Gary Barlow, Cheryl, Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa.
The final instalment aired in 2018, but there were two spin-off series in 2019 including a celebrity version won by Megan McKenna.
Hopeful: She hastened to add: ‘And of course for me to be a very key judge, kind of player, mentor… I don’t even even know. Do we need judges?’ (pictured in 2006)
Last July, it was reported that Simon had pulled the plug on the ITV talent show – which launched in 2004 and last aired in 2018 – because he didn’t want the programme to ‘become a bit of a joke.’
The X Factor format was still successful around the globe yet it seemed Simon had accepted in the UK ‘the show had become slightly stale’ and so reportedly decided to ‘shelve it’ for five years, with sources at the time claiming it was ‘unlikely’ to ever return.
A show insider told The Sun at the time: ‘Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale.
‘Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it.
Wow! It was recently alleged Simon was planning to revive the series in 2023 and ‘recapture the magic’ of the show – but it is not clear yet if it will remain at it’s ITV home (pictured in 2017)
‘Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke — especially in contrast to the show in its pomp.’
The source explained there was the option for Simon to return the talent show in 2023.
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline last July: ‘There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.’
In March 2021, Dermot O’Leary, 48, told new! magazine of the X Factor: ‘I can’t see it coming back this year. If it does come back, it’ll be 2022 – maybe 2023.’
Break: The much-loved ITV singing talent show fronted by music mogul Simon hasn’t been broadcast for five years (pictured in 2005 with judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh)
The presenter admitted he was missing filming the show, which launched in 2004, adding: ‘You do miss it, definitely. You work with people for the best part of 10 years and you become a really tight team.
‘And you do miss the buzz of a Saturday night show. There’s something great about it.’
The father-of-one has hosted the show since 2007, taking over from former host Kate Thornton, who was at the helm from 2004–2006.
Dermot has hosted every series since, aside from in 2015 where he was replaced with former contestant Olly Murs and the late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.
Its last traditional series of X Factor aired back in 2018, with judges Simon, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field on the judging panel.
Simon then brought one-off series The X Factor: Celebrity to screens in 2019, which saw famous faces showcase their vocal talents.
The X Factor was then halted in 2020 when coronavirus hit, rendering it impossible to produce the show, which involves mass gatherings for open public auditions.
Metro x 50 Years of Pride was sponsored by Visit Malta and guests were drinking Kuda cocktails and Harlot English sparkling wine.
Oh dear: The X Factor ratings saw a dramatic rise and fall, with the show enjoying dizzying success and over 14million viewers on average in 2010