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X Factor a huge success but it had run its course

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Simon Cowell. Credit: Neil Hall/Reuters

Simon Cowell. Credit: Neil Hall/Reuters

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Simon Cowell. Credit: Neil Hall/Reuters

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.


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