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Cowell: Andrea's lost the X Factor

Simon Cowell has said his dream X Factor final would include Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Lauren Platt - but not Andrea Faustini, who he thinks has peaked too soon.

The ITV contest boss said that he was championing his remaining two acts and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's last girl Lauren, but reckoned show favourite Andrea, who is mentored by Mel B, had lost his X Factor.

He told the Sun: "As long as Fleur and Ben are in [the final], we'll have a proper final - where you just don't know who's going to win. I love that idea."

But when he was asked if he'd like to see Andrea win, he said: "No, because I think he's peaked. It's the same thing week after week."

The music mogul also threw into doubt how much time he would have to make another UK series of The X Factor when he revealed that he would be making four US TV shows in 2015.

He said: "There's another show that I will be on in America - a new one, which we've been working on for a few months. Next year we'll have a minimum of four shows on US networks."

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