Simon Cowell has revealed that he plans to resurrect The X Factor in the future.
The singing competition, which made stars out of Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, JLS and Little Mix, was a staple of the ITV schedules for the best part of two decades but was retired in 2019 amid flagging ratings.
Speaking to The Mirror, creator Cowell admitted that the show "needed a break" but is keen to bring it back with another broadcaster soon.
"Everything is about timing. You have got to know sometimes when to call it a day and then also when to bring it back," he said.
"I just felt it needed a break; it was nothing more than that.
"You can always make new music shows, which we are. And then when the time is right we will bring it back with someone else. That was always the plan. It was not anything dramatic."
Later this year Cowell will appear in a brand new format, Walk The Line, which will see singers compete for a cash prize.