Nick Grimshaw has confirmed he is leaving The X Factor after just one series.
The Radio 1 DJ confirmed the news on his breakfast show today (19 February) noting that his participation was “definitely a once in a lifetime thing.” Nick mentored the boys category on the show and reached the final with Che Chesterman.
“Nick loved working on last year’s series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year.” – Nick Grimshaw spokesperson via The Sun
Nick was invited to be a member of the talent show’s judging panel last year with longtime judge Louis Walsh bowing out. His arrival coincided with other changes aimed to revamp the show due to a continued year-on-year decline. However, the changes failed to make a positive impact on the programme’s viewership.
There is press speculation that Louis Walsh could make a comeback, although he will be doing battle with Louis Tomlinson. Tomlinson was a guest on last series’ run, helping Simon Cowell pick his final acts. The 1D star, who recently became a father, has shown an interest in becoming a judge and The Sun newspaper claims that he agreed with Cowell “in principle to the job” while filming last year.
It’s unclear whether Rita Ora or Cheryl will also be back for the new series later in the year. The Sun also reports that Caroline Flack has been axed as co-host, with sources claiming that having two presenters did not work for the show. It’s unknown whether co-host Olly Murs will be replaced or continue hosting by himself.
“Caroline’s a really experienced broadcaster but the combination of two presenters just didn’t work out this year.” – X Factor source
Olly and Caroline replaced popular host Dermot O’Leary who was axed by Cowell as part of the big changes for 2015. The two new presenters faced criticism on social media during the live shows for numerous cock-ups. Olly was ridiculed online after he announced that contestant Monica Michael would be leaving the competition despite the sing-off having not taken place.
The X Factor faces strong competition from within ITV in the coming years after the commercial network purchased The Voice UK from the BBC. It is expected to air next year and it’s acquisition has sparked rumours that ITV could axe the X Factor. However ITV issued a statement earlier this month saying they “fully intend” to keep airing X Factor in 2017 and beyond.