We're going nowhere! Simon Cowell 'signs £150 million deal to keep The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent on TV for three more years'

By Jason Chester

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Ratings may well have taken a tumble over recent years, but Simon Cowell is understood to have negotiated a new £150 million deal that will see The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent run until 2016.

The 54-year-old mogul has reportedly finalized the lucrative deal following protracted talks between production company Syco and ITV over a period of months.

According to The Sun he has also wrangled a 'performer' deal that will see him make a welcome return to one of his long-running shows, while an added clause could give him the opportunity to feature on both.

Someone's pleased: Simon Cowell has reportedly negotiate a new ITV deal that could see him return to The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent

Someone's pleased: Simon Cowell has reportedly negotiate a new ITV deal that could see him return to The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent

Cowell made a cameo appearance on last Saturday's X Factor when he informed this year's crop of hopefuls that they would all participate in The X Factor tour, but hasn't participated as  a judge since leaving in 2010 to launch the American version of the show. 

But despite attracting a string of superstar judges including Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato, the show has consistently failed to win over American viewers.

Wednesday's episode saw a slight increase in viewing figures, with 5.7 million tuning in across the US - a boost from the comparatively paltry 3.6 million it has dropped to during its three-year run.

Success: Simon Cowell could return to Britain's Got Talent in a deal that will see the show run until 2016

Success: Simon Cowell could return to Britain's Got Talent in a deal that will see the show run until 2016

Popular: Cowell o the British version of The X Factor. Ratings have tumbled since his departure in 2010

Popular: Cowell o the British version of The X Factor. Ratings have tumbled since his departure in 2010

With the troubled show rumored to be facing the axe, Cowell's return to the UK could be timely as the British judging panel prepares for another shake-up.

Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh have both confirmed they will bow out once the current series draws to a close in December, while Sharon Osbourne is also expected to make an exit after agreeing to come back for one series only.

'Everyone wants to keep making The X Factor and BGT so it was just a case of ironing out the terms,' a source told The Sun. 'Simon will do one show a year at least.'

New venture: Cowell and his original X Factor USA hosting and judging line-up. The beleaguered show is now set to face the axe following a drop in viewing figures

New venture: Cowell and his original X Factor USA hosting and judging line-up. The beleaguered show is now set to face the axe following a drop in viewing figures

The mogul - set to become a first time father in the new year - could earn excess  £15 million if he does both shows, and could see a welcome surge in viewing figures for the British version of The X Factor.

Like its US variant the number's have dropped, with 10 million watching this year's show in comparison to the 18 million it pulled in prior to Cowell's departure.

His new deal comes as ITV snapped up the rights to Israeli talent show Rising Star.

Much like The X Factor, it will include knockout rounds and a live vote, with bosses hopeful that it will overshadow BBC rival The Voice UK when it kicks off in January 2015.

The cat who got the cream: Cowell's new deal could net him £15 million

The cat who got the cream: Cowell's new deal could net him £15 million


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This should be front page news. Worst news I've heard so far this week.

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I suppose that's what kills the Horse in the end- The constant flogging

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These shows are pathetic, and its a shame that the people that make it on the show that actually have great talent are made to dress & prance about how there 'mentors' tell them to, that is not how you find talent!!!

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These programs are a con. You could tell with the very first phone vote who would win. Also the winner is normally not successful, it's the runners up or 3rd place +. They don't identify talent they identify popularity.

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oh good lord...when will this nightmare end. Enough already, these 'talent' shows were past their sell by date a long time ago.

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I think X factor has had it's day and as for Britains got talent..possibly the worst tv programme ever I hate everything about it!

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Whyyyyyyy!!!!

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It's getting SOOOO BORING

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Why would you watch this crap! The winner is already chosen in the last weeks of the auditions and the votes are fixed. They are after a brand to make money off, not an actual talent!

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Ive NEVER watched it and I NEVER will. Awful programme

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