Simon Cowell to make The X Factor Judges' Houses live?
Simon Cowell wants to make the Judges' Houses stage of 'The X Factor' a live show.
The 55-year-old music mogul has ordered a shake up of the ITV singing competition and has reportedly suggested the popular stage of the show be aired live in a bid to make it more exciting.
A source shared: "Cowell wants to increase the drama and tension of the moment contestants are told they've got through.
"Judges' houses has always been one of the most talked about and watched parts of the series, and one idea being discussed is to make these episodes live. It would be an exciting innovation and make for real event TV."
However, producers are said to be concerned that broadcasting from four exotic locations across the globe could massively increase production costs.
The insider added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's going to be expensive as it will require four entire camera crews and teams for all four locations. There are lots of logistical and practical concerns to work through before we can go ahead, but Cowell thinks it will be worth it."
Judges' houses sees the remaining acts in each category perform in front of their mentor and a special guest judge and is usually recorded shortly after the audition stages.
A spokesperson for the show said: "There will be a number of changes to this year's 'X Factor' but it's too early to confirm what these will be at this stage."