Reports today suggest Simon Cowell is moving back to Britain to return as a judge on this year’s X Factor. He met British TV bosses last week and agreed to return.
ITV originally discussed Simon’s return to the UK show in September while agreeing a deal for a new three-year renewal deal for the talent show, and the source said: ‘It was made very clear to Simon that everyone was desperate for him to be back on the UK X Factor panel.’
A source said “Simon is determined to get the show back to its best. He’ll sign the deal very soon but has told the team that he’s on board.
“Everyone’s over the moon.”
Simon, has also told executives at the Kensington headquarters of his record label Syco that he would be back and living in the capital.
In a further sign that his return is for the foreseeable future, he has built a nursery at his house with a London skyline mural on the wall, according to insiders.
The source added: “His primary home will be in London, although he will keep his LA residences. “Lauren will also move over here but split her time between London and New York where her son is based.”
“His heart is in the UK and he is delighted with the nursery. The mural was his idea.”
US X Factor bosses wanted Simon to stay on the Stateside version of the show and fly between LA and London.
But Simon told them he was committed to the UK version and declined their offer. He will still be involved in the US show although not as a judge.
Simon’s spokesman said: “No comment.”
Will you tune back into the X Factor UK if Simon returns?
SOURCE: Mirror and MailOnline