For well over 12 months now there have been rumours that Simon Cowell wants to take the hugely successful X Factor format to America, but he’s been unable to due to his contract with American Idol.
But Simon confirmed for the first time today that he will be quitting his American Idol duties when the season ends in May 2010, which will lead the way for The X Factor to broadcast on a rival network. The move comes amidst growing speculation that the music mogul’s future on the show was uncertain. And his brother Tony Cowell didn’t make things any easier when he announced a statement about Cowell’s career will be released in the early part of 2010.
Tony said: “A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of (U.K. talent show) The X Factor to U.S. TV in 2011.“
Simon Cowell has wanted to bring The X Factor to America for a long time now, and is most certainly ready to help Cheryl Cole launch herself into mainstream media in the U.S. by making her a fixture on the judging panel.
Meanwhile the new season of American Idol, which features new judge Ellen DeGeneres kicks off tomorrow evening on FOX. Will you be watching, and will you miss American Idol when it goes off air when the series is over?