The X Factor confirms it WILL be running in 2017

By Sophie Hall, 5 February, 2016

Oh, okay then. Following yesterday's news that The X Factor was to 'take a break' in 2017, the people behind the hit show have now confirmed it will be on after all.

Pic: ITV

So yesterday, a source told The Daily Mail that the show was to take a break in lieu of ITV acquiring The Voice – but now we're hearing that's all just hogwash.

An ITV spokesman today released a statement saying:

"The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent contracts come up for renewal after the latest series air later this year, and we fully intend to continue with both shows into 2017 and beyond."

And beyond?? God help us all.

A lot of signs have been pointing to Simon Cowell giving his reality series a break, such as ex-host Dermot O Leary telling Radio Times it should go back to its original format.

"If I was Simon I'd take it off air for a year. I'd rest it, and then I'd get back to the rooms.

"For me it was always room, arena, boot camp."

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Last series brought with it a lot of criticism, including the booking of former X Factor contestant Olly Murs, who was torn apart by viewers for making various hosting mistakes.

Getting rid of X Factor veteran Louis Walsh also invited complaints, especially with his replacements being Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.

Nonetheless, this new statement reveals the show must go on. But… why?

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