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American Idol ‘facing the axe’ like The X Factor US in wake of Simon Cowell’s return to the UK

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American Idol 'could be axed' like The X Factor US

ratings could lead to American Idol being cancelled (Picture: Getty)

American Idol could be the next Simon Cowell vehicle to get the axe after it was announced that The X Factor USA has been cancelled by Fox.

Idol’s reported slump in the ratings is believed to be prompting discussion over whether or not to pull the plug, despite attempts to ‘reboot’ the show by bringing in new judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.

Click Music quotes Fox chief Chase Carey as saying: ‘We know American Idol is winding down now. The ratings have fallen faster than we hoped for the reboot.’

Season 13 of American Idol debuted to an audience of 15.19 million but dropped to 11.08 million for its most recent episode.

Meanwhile, Cowell has confirmed his return to The X Factor UK for its eleventh series.

Simon said in a statement that he decided to return to the UK for ‘a number of reasons’ adding that he has had ‘a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol.’

American Idol 'could be axed' like The X Factor US

Simon will be back on our shores for The X Factor this year (Picture: Getty)

He went on: ‘So for now, I’m back to the UK and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!’

Chairman of entertainment at Fox Kevin Reilly said: ‘Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life.

‘We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.’

Cowell was last on The X Factor UK in 2010 with judges Louis Walsh, Danni Minogue and Cheryl Cole.

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