Simon Cowell might leave American Idol for US version of X Factor

Simon Cowell wants to bring his show X Factor to the US, and persistent rumors that he’d leave American Idol for that show are back.

Simon “is considering standing down as presenter of American Idol, which appears on the Fox network in the US, after its next season,” The Times reports. However, the paper says “The X Factor is due to begin filming in Los Angeles in September 2011, to be shown on Fox and presented by Cowell.”

While Simon’s contract expires after American Idol 9, if the show did indeed start filming in fall of 2011, it’d be possible to do season 10 of American Idol, too, unless he wants to take a break or needs a year to prep.

Simon confirmed that he’s committed to bringing the show he created to the US. “I think the show will go to America. It has to go to America. There has to be an American version of the show. To not make The X Factor in the biggest market in the world would be crazy,” Simon Cowell told BBC News earlier this week, and although that quote has been floating around, MJ’s Big Blog attributed it to the BBC interview.

Simon Cowell’s one-man band to take X Factor to America [The Times]
Extended Simon Cowell interview [BBC News]

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