'X Factor' UK will not return in 2020 as Simon Cowell 'rests the series for 12 months'

London, Feb 8 (PTI) The UK version of long-running singing reality show, 'The X Factor', is being rested for 12 months.

The singing show, which has been a fixture on commercial broadcaster ITV for 16 years, will return in 2021, reported Mirror.co.uk.

'Simon has decided to rest 'The X Factor this year. He and the producers want to take a breath to really think through the show and revitalise it for the future. And going straight back into a series this year wouldn't have allowed them the time to really focus.

'Although The X Factor is contracted for one more series, ITV totally the rationale and want to give Simon and the team the time to do what they feel is right,' a source told the publication.

The music mogul, however, will continue on as one of ITV's biggest stars with 'Britain's Got Talent', which will carry on being made for at least five seasons. PTI SHD SHD