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Simon Cowell: 'X Factor USA will be back, my role may be different'

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Simon Cowell believes that The X Factor USA will return next season, despite a fall in ratings.

The music mogul admitted that his role may change on the show, fuelling speculation that Cowell will return to the UK version of the talent competition.

Simon Cowell at the This Is Us World Premiere

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Cowell claimed his role might change on the American version of the show


"I think the show will be coming back next year," the 54-year-old said in a conference call.

"As to my role on it, I might have a different kind of role, we haven't discussed that yet."

The show's third season has continued to plummet in the ratings, with last week's semi-final down 14% on the week before at 8pm and achieving a 1.2 in the demo (4.89m).

However, Cowell praised the competition, saying: "I think the show started off okay; I thought the four-chair challenge was terrific and the early live shows were okay and the last two weeks have been amazing.

"As a series, particularly because of the talent, because of what Alex & Sierra have achieved on iTunes over the last couple of weeks, is phenomenal. I'm really happy that the show has achieved what it sets out to achieve, which is to find a star."

Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland and Simon Cowell on The X Factor USA first live show

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Cowell with X Factor USA judges Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland


Cowell also hinted that The X Factor's format may change to attract more viewers, although he refused to reveal specific details.

"I think that we're gonna have a very crowded marketplace. What we have with X Factor is a huge core fan base that loves the show but we have got to be more than that," he explained.

"We're in the middle of a conversation about this is what we think the show should look like, what the fans would like, so my role may change but I can't say any more than that."

Long-running judge Louis Walsh recently told Digital Spy that Cowell will "definitely" return to The X Factor UK.

Meanwhile, the current season of The X Factor USA concludes on Thursday (December 19), when either Carlito Olivero, Jeff Gutt or Alex & Sierra will be named winner.

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