Simon Cowell ditches ITV for ‘X Factor 2.0’ talks with Netflix to find next One Direction

Simon Cowell is cooking up a brand new show to find the next big music stars – and he’s thinking of teaming up with Netflix.

The man who brought us The X Factor is reportedly in discussions to make a new series that could be like ‘X Factor 2.0’, but this time it might go worldwide.

The 64-year-old is looking beyond ITV, where his shows used to be, and talking to big companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Apple in a bid to find a new band as famous as One Direction.

A source told The Mirror: “Previously Simon has looked to ITV for his projects, but he now feels global streaming platforms are the way forward. He wants to find the next 1D and use one of these platforms and launch them to the world.”

“This is effectively X Factor 2.0. Simon has the biggest songwriters in the world on standby holding massive hits, and is in talks to try to find the right partner to stream the project.”

They added: “It’s early days, but this is a really exciting proposition.”

The X Factor started in 2004 and found loads of amazing singers until it stopped in 2018.

Viewers got to meet bands like One Direction and Little Mix, and solo stars like Leona Lewis and James Arthur.

Bosses announced the show was going on a hiatus to give the format a break.

Despite claims there were “no current plans” to bring the series back, insiders hoped it would return to our screens in the future.

The source added: “X Factor enjoyed extraordinary success over many years, and was responsible for discovering stars that are still in the charts today.

So unsurprisingly there’s been a lot of interest in this project and several streaming giants are keen to snap it up.”


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