Simon Cowell had doubts about last year’s X Factor before it flopped
Simon Cowell had doubts about last year’s X Factor before it flopped.
Comparing the reaction to this year’s line up, which sees the returns of Demot O’Leary, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger, to last year’s line-up, Cowell told the Daily Mirror: “When we announced the new line up compared to last year, it was 95 per cent positive, no one was saying it was a mistake and that was what we were getting last year.
“I mean the minute we announced it, it was like f**k, this doesn’t feel great, let’s see how it goes. But it was tough.”
Last year’s series saw presenter Dermot O’Leary replaced with Olly Murs and Catherine Flack, who were regularly criticised for their lack of chemistry and live blunders. The judging panel consisted of Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.
The series scored the reality talent show’s worst ratings yet, and regularly fell behind BBC rival show Strictly Come Dancing.
Louis Walsh has previously said he was happy when the 2015 series did poorly without him, admitting: “I was sacked. They just told me not to come back. Initially I was annoyed and then I was really happy that it didn’t work without me. I’ll be honest with you.
“People like the old format, it’s a family show. They like a more experienced crew. Getting Sharon back was a tough job because she and Simon don’t always see eye to eye. I’m working with people I really like, it’s the dream team for me.
“I was offered £1 million for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! but I couldn’t do it. Simon rang me, he’s the campest man you’ve ever seen, and said ‘darling don’t do the show, I have another show for you’. And that’s when I knew I was back on X Factor.
“I trust him 100 per cent, even though he sacked me twice. It’s all about ratings for him. ITV wanted to make the show younger but it didn’t work.”