In a bid to win back viewers the X Factor is to introduce free voting, according to The Sun.

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The Sun reports that X Factor boss Simon Cowell is planning to introduce free voting to encourage more younger viewers to call in for who they want to win. The move comes after a slump in ratings in recent years and a number of failed winners.

A source told the tabloid that introducing free voting would ‘reinvent the show’ and would make viewers more ‘engaged’ with the decade old reality show.

The newspaper also reports that the wheels are in motion for the return of Cheryl Cole. The former judge is widely tipped to return to the judging panel after making up with Simon Cowell following their fallout over her axing on X Factor USA in 2011.

Cowell is also widely tipped to return to the show having last appeared on the panel in 2010. He left the show to launch the US version on FOX but despite hiring the likes of pop superstar Britney Spears and Kelly Rowland the show has failed to gain a substantial audience.

With the US version flopping and his newly signed three year deal with ITV to keep X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on the network, hopes remain high that Cowell will return. Gary Barlow is the only judge to cement his decision that he won’t be returning this year.

Louis Walsh had claimed prior to series ten that this would be his last year however its since transpired he will be back for another run.

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