Simon Cowell wants professional singers on 'The X Factor'.
' X Factor' mogul Simon Cowell wants professional singers to audition for the show.
The music boss hopes to improve the quality of hopefuls auditioning for his flagship ITV singing competition in its final year, and has reportedly asked record label bosses to put forward their very best acts.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The system was successful last year and they're hoping to find more acts this way."
The show is expected to get a revamp in a bid to boost ratings and end the nine-year franchise on a high.
Simon - who famously disapproves of joke acts like Wagner and Jedward - is hoping to widen the talent pool and attract some of the best singers the competition has ever seen.
Meanwhile, the spots on the judging panel are still unconfirmed, with Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow expected to return and Tulisa rumoured to have been axed.
While it has been speculated Sharon Osbourne is set to make her grand return, last year's panellist Nicole Scherzinger is apparently "torn" over the decision.
She told a pal: "I'm so torn right now. My heart wants me to come back and do the show as I had such a great time last year.
"But my album is coming out and I also need to focus on that. I don't think I can make it work. By trying to juggle the two, one or both will suffer."
Source Bang Showbiz