Simon Cowell has a problem on his hands.
The TV figure will be heading home to the United Kingdom in January as part of a "crisis summitt" to figure out what is wrong with the U.K. version of 'X Factor'. This season underperformed, drawing the lowest ratings since 2006. Still, 11 million viewers watched as James Arthur was crowned the winner.
The perception in the U.K. is that the show is tired, with a stale concept that needs freshened up in the worst way.
Cowell, who is preparing for the U.S. 'X Factor' finale, will meet with the ITV director of television, Peter Fincham, and Thames/Syco, the production team on the U.K. 'X Factor'. Richard Holloway, the 'X Factor' executive producer, is trying to figure out what will help the series find new life. Holloway says that they will look at every area of the program to figure out how to fix things and that he wants Cowell to return as a judge on the series.
"If we can find a way to reintroduce him, we will. But it is impossible for him to be in two places," Holloway said.
The U.K. version of 'X Factor' will begin its tenth season next year.