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Cowell: Surprises in store on shows

Simon Cowell has promised "a few surprises" for his television shows, which include a new American version of The X Factor.

Speaking backstage at the National Television Awards, he refused to confirm what his involvement would be in the next series of The X Factor in the UK, but stressed that neither Dannii Minogue nor Louis Walsh had yet signed up to the show.

"They haven't been given a contract yet. We are in the process of going through all the shows. I think there are going to be a few surprises. I genuinely do. I don't think there's one set way of doing it... I am in conversations with ITV and Fox.

"The most important thing is to make a commitment to the people who watch the shows and make sure they are better than last year's."

Asked if Cheryl Cole would be a judge on the US version of The X Factor, he said: "We are going to make an announcement soon. We have to make sure all the shows will be back bigger, better, stronger, different. No one has been contracted yet, apart from me."

But he said the British X Factor would not suffer as a result of the American one.

"I've got some ideas and I'm trying to make a show I'd like to watch. It has got to be different, full stop."

He also told viewers to expect an announcement "in two weeks time" regarding the US X Factor.

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