According to reports, ITV is considering moving the next series of the UK edition of ‘X-Factor’ back to January 2012. The move would overcome scheduling conflicts with the new US version, on which Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are expected to judge, meaning they could remain involved on both shows.
It was previously rumoured that Cowell was pushing for X-UK to be pushed back into a quarter one slot, but that ITV had knocked back the proposal and was instead considering a totally new judging panel for the next series of the talent show. But with concerns losing both Cowell and Cole could hit ratings, ITV chiefs are apparently now considering the shift, despite the problems it would create.
An unnamed source told the News Of The World at the weekend: “ITV is looking at a range of options to keep Cheryl and Simon. But changing dates would play havoc with ITV’s schedule and the auditions have already begun”.
As previously reported, if they do go for the new judging panel plan, one possible new UK judge is Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who filled in for Cole when she was off ill last series. On those rumours the singer told Heart Radio recently: “I’ve put a lot of thought into it. I had my reservations because it’s such a huge commitment but I think I would like to do it if it was meant to be. If it’s supposed to work out, then it will – that’s how I feel about it. We’ll see. I’m a strong believer in everything is meant to be for a reason”.