The X Factor’s ending is hardly unexpected as audience figures have been declining for several years from its peak of 20m and Simon Cowell is not the sort of man to preside over a fading star.
No one can deny that, as a television programme, The X Factor was a success since its first appearance in 2004. The production values were high and it was as slick as a reality show could be.
It also created huge pop stars in One Direction, Little Mix and Olly Murs to name but three, though many winners shone only briefly.
However, it gave ordinary people the opportunity to break into the world of music and celebrity.
Finalists also got the chance to duet with global stars like Beyonce or Michael Buble. Where else would they have been able to share the same stage?
But in the end it was overtaken in the public imagination by Strictly Come Dancing. This might seem like a more sedate programme, but the intensity of competition is equal to anything that the wannabe pop stars could muster.