Simon Cowell has reportedly canceled scheduled X Factor auditions at the last minute.
Following reports that the show is set for a ‘celebrity’ revamp, a host of first round public auditions have been cancelled.
A North Wales venue called Garden Den was due to hold X Factor auditions on March 21 – but the event is no longer going ahead.
A spokesperson for the venue told the Daily Post: “We heard a couple of weeks ago that ITV were uhmming and ahhing about the new series. But we had no official confirmation from the production team at all.”
“We had a whole event planned around it, with about 60 acts lined up to audition. We spent a lot of money putting things together.”
“The event was meant to be next week, and we finally got confirmation a couple of days ago. But it wasn’t a statement or anything, literally just a phone call and that was it..,” they explained.
“They said Simon Cowell has other ideas, like a winner of winners competition, or a celebrity version of the show.”
According to Essex Live, scheduled auditions in Lion Walk Shopping Centre in Colchester on Saturday 16th March, and at Brentwood’s Sugar Hut on Sunday 17th March, have also been cancelled.
The news comes after X Factor boss Simon Cowell revealed his plans to dramatically change the show’s format back in February.
At the time, Simon said, “We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X Factor running this year. I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.”