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'The X Factor' cancelled after 3 seasons on Fox

The X Factor cancelled
The X Factor cancelled
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With rumors that former ratings juggernaut "American Idol" might not be lasting much longer, a warning sign was fired when it comes to its competitor "The X Factor." According to TV Line on Feb. 7, Fox has cancelled "The X-Factor" after three seasons on the air.

Simon Cowell was the mastermind behind "The X Factor," which originated in Britain just like its predecessor "Pop Idol." While "Pop Idol" only lasted two seasons, it spawned the American version "American Idol," which is in its 13th season now.

When "Pop Idol" ended, Cowell created "The X Factor" to replace it in 2007 where it has lasted 10 seasons. While "American Idol," with its focus on singers and personalities was more popular in America, Britain has seemed to prefer "The X Factor" and the show spread across the world, with versions all over the globe.

There have been 106 total winners of the different worldwide "The X Factor" competitions, however possibly due to the burnout of musical competition shows in America, it only lasted three seasons here.

The judges on the American version of "The X Factor" have included Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Kelly Rowland, but it just never reached the level of success as "American Idol," despite Cowell's appearance on the show.

Simon Cowell said that because Fox cancelled "The X Factor," he would be heading back to the U.K., where his show remains popular. Cowell has been on American television for the last 12 years.

"I want to thank FOX for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows, Cowell said. "America, I’ll see you soon!”