Sam Bailey hopes ‘The X Factor’ can return to TV because the show changed her life.
The former prison officer won Simon Cowell’s talent competition back in 2013 and went on to forge a successful singing career - and although the show has been been off-air for five years, Sam is adamant she’d be thrilled to see it come back so others can enjoy the experience.
She told Closer magazine: "'The X Factor’ really does change people’s lives. I only went on the show to see what would happen, and now I’m living my dream. I had a really good experience … I’ll always fly the flag for ‘The X Factor’ because it has changed my life."
However, Sam is convinced show bosses need to come up with an innovative new format to revive ‘The X Factor’.
She added: “I do believe a new series could do with a little bit of a shake up. Singer/songwriters are huge at the moment, so I would make that a themed week on the show, so they could write a track and perform it. It would be great to give people the chance to download those original songs too, so it could kickstart some more careers.”
‘The X Factor’ ran from 2004 until 2018 with a variety of judges overseeing wannabes as they battled it out for a coveted record contract.
The show was dropped from ITV amid falling ratings, but recent reports have suggested Simon is keen to revive it.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It has been decided that the time is right to bring X Factor back. It’s really exciting.
"Everyone who will be working on the new series can’t wait to get started ... The focus will all be on the competition element of the show, rather than the razzle dazzle.”