Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival the ITV boss doesn’t think the two shows will be ending anytime soon. Fincham told reporters “Huge brands like The X Factor and BGT are absolutely central to our schedule. I think they’re going to be around for a long time to come.”
With the contracts for BGT and the X Factor due to expire next year there were rumours ITV were considering dropping the show. In recent years X Factor has suffered a decline in ratings with last year’s run being beaten by BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing on several occasions.
However, the new series of X Factor – which will launch shortly on ITV – see’s the return of original judge Sharon Osbourne and there are high hopes that her return will deliver the ratings. Osbourne rejoins the panel with Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh all returning as well.
Louis Walsh recently announced that the 10th series of the X Factor would be his last. Speculation though that Simon Cowell could rejoin the panel for next year’s 11th season has prompted Walsh to state he would remain part of the show if Cowell were to return. X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary has speculated if Cowell returns to the show Gary Barlow would quit.
The panel of Britain’s Got Talent is expected to remain the same when it returns next year. The current line-up consists of Cowell alongside Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.
The X Factor returns, for its 10th season, on Saturday 31st August on ITV.