Cowell: Forget leaders’ TV debate ... I’ll stage my own BreXfactor
SIMON Cowell is in talks with ITV to hold a Brexit debate featuring business leaders and 500 members of the public – but no politicians. A source close to Cowell’s TV production company Syco Entertainment said the audience would be representative of the result of the 2016 referendum. ‘Simon wants to see how many change their stance during the debate,’ the insider said. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed in principle to go head-to-head on television next Sunday, but the Prime Minister wants the debate to be aired on the BBC while the Labour leader favours rival ITV.
Meanwhile, Cowell, pictured left, has also revealed plans for a celebrity version of The X Factor – similar to the format of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing – in an effort to revive flagging ratings. Just 5.7 million viewers tuned in for the opening show in September.
‘We also want to do what we’ve just done in America where we’ve got the champions show that brings back old judges and contestants.’
Cowell has been offered a new threeyear X Factor deal by ITV that would kick in after next year’s series, but he is yet to sign it.