X Factor 2013 judges: Simon Cowell says he will be back!

Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said he will have a role on the UK series this year.

The music mogul quit the show in 2011 to focus on the launch of the US show but is set to be back this summer for the tenth series.

Both the UK and American shows are set to go under a big revamp after falling ratings for their latest series last year.

As well as new judging line ups on both shows, other changes are expected to include auditions going ‘back to basics’ with no audience, while bosses also want more well known songs to be performed.

While we don't see Simon judging the show, he did reveal this week: “I’m definitely getting more involved and will have a role in the next series."

He added: "I’m not going to lie – I do miss doing it, because it’s like my baby.”

Simon previously said he would return were it not for the clashes with filming the Stateside show.

He explained: “It’s been difficult the last two years not being on the show as I always had a great time and the last time that I did do it, it was such a brilliant year. So at some point of course I’m going to come back and do the show.”

Writing on Twitter earlier in the month, Simon teased "good changes" coming to the format.

He said: “There will be a lot of changes on X factor uk and USA. But good changes. I feel excited for both shows this year.”


Auditions for The X Factor 2013 begin today.

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  • Sara

    Well hopefully they can get things sorted. I tried watching the USA version last series, and WOW it was a disaster. They didn't have a host until live shows, so during auditions/bootcamp/judges' houses, the time that would normally be filled up by a presenter chatting with contestants was instead used to create cheesy and obviously fake drama between contestants and the judges. I don't know if they expected anyone to believe that the "backstage moments" were real, but it was clear that they were completely scripted. Some of it was actually painful to watch, like when Demi Lovato and Britney Spears had an over-the-top fake conversation about Louis Walsh coming in as a guest judge ("I don't know, I think it's some guy named /Louis/? Whoever that is.")

    Much prefer the UK version. Hopefully they can bring the ratings back up.