IS SIMON COWELL THE REAL X FACTOR IN X FACTOR?
Simon Cowell is reportedly preparing to return to the British version of The X Factor following the show’s plummeting ratings. Its weekend finale on ITV drew the fewest number of viewers for a finale in seven years — down 1.3 million viewers from a year ago. While it was once the most-watched show on British TV, X Factor’s audience tumbled after Cowell, who also co-produces the show, left to focus on launching an American version of X Factor on Fox. That version has also struggled in the ratings, although it remains one of Fox’s highest-rated programs. Not only did a massive number of viewers leave the British show, but so, too, did one of the finalists, a cruise-ship singer named Christopher Maloney. Newspaper reports said that he had spent the night drinking and that when show staffers arrived at his hotel in Manchester to fetch him, he “abused” them. An X Factor spokesman said: “Chris decided he no longer wanted to be part of the X Factor final and has gone back to Liverpool.”