Simon Cowell has dropped a big hint that he may take a back seat in future series of the hit TV show X Factor. Blaming a congested and tiring schedule, Cowell suggested â€śa couple of changesâ€? would be made once his contracts expire next year. â€śWhat I may well do is stop actually being on TV. Give up the panel.â€? As a man who is not shy of voicing an honest opinion, his words are likely to be fairly truthful although the timing of the announcement after a bumper weekend of figures for the show could also suggest Cowell is looking to add an extra 0 onto his paycheck from desperate ITV bosses hoping to keep him.
If he does decide to call time on his judging days however, it is likely to leave the show with big shoes to fill (and not because of Cowellâ€™s notorious clumpy, height enhancing heels). With Louis Walsh needing to be accompanied by an adult at all times and Cheryl Cole unable to make the simplest of decisions (Even â€™tea or coffee?â€™ must be a constant challenge), a suitable replacement would have to be found. Potential candidates? Letâ€™s start the rumour mill going. They need to be strict, insulting and slightly irritable as well as having a good ear for a musical note. After all, Cowell famously turned down the Spice Girls, this man knew what he was talking about.