You knew he wouldn’t stay away for long: Simon Cowell is returning to American TV, thanks to a cable network picking up the U.S. distribution rights to his U.K. hit The X Factor.
Mark Cuban’s AXS TV will air The X Factor starting with its upcoming 11th season, marking the first time the British version of the show has been distributed stateside. This season represents Cowell’s return to the judges’ table on the series after a three-year absence during which Cowell had been producing and judging Fox’s version of The X Factor (which was canceled earlier this year).
“It will be a slightly different mindset when I’m making the show in Britain knowing an American audience is going to watch it,” Cowell told Dan Rather in an AXS interview announcing the news (clip below). “I’ve been on and off [American TV] for 12 years. It’s a different feeling having my British show on American TV, which is a bit odd. But I think it’s a good thing because Americans have never seen the British show before … This particularity show, Britain’s The X Factor, probably has the best track record of all these shows of creating stars worldwide, the biggest being One Direction.” READ FULL STORY