U.K.’s ITV Pushing for Simon Cowell Return As Judge on ‘X Factor’

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U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of “X Factor” as part of negotiations to extend the talent show’s run here beyond its upcoming 10th season.

A current three-year contract between ITV, producer Syco, the Cowell joint venture with Sony Music, and co-producer FremantleMedia for talent shows “X Factor” and “Britain’s Got Talent” expires at the end of the year.

BGT still uses Cowell in a judging role and has continued to bring in strong ratings, leaving industry observers to expect a renewal after its recently finished seventh season. Read more

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