A challenger has fallen in the battle of singing reality shows. Variety reports that Fox is cancelling the US version of The X Factor after three seasons. The show debuted to a lot of hoopla and was considered to be a potential torch-passer for American Idol, but disappointed in the ratings for the first season and continually fell from season to season.
Fox Chariman Kevin Reilly commented on the cancellation, noting that Simon Cowell had decided to jump back to the UK version of the show which still performs well in the ratings by saying, "To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he's part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there's no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it's our sincere hope that we work together again soon."