Simon Cowell admits the X Factor judges’ salaries were “out of whack”.

Simon Cowell fronted The X Factor from 2004 until its cancellation in 2018. He said he would be “hypocritical” if he said he wasn’t making any money

Simon Cowell admits the X Factor judges' salaries were
Simon Cowell admits the X Factor judges’ salaries were “out of whack”.

Simon Cowell admitted the X Factor judges’ salaries were outrageous and “out of balance”.

The music mogul was a judge on the talent show from 2004 until its cancellation in 2018.

The show’s primary judges included Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.

Dannii Minogue presented from 2007 to 2010 while Cheryl presented from 2008 to 2010 and then again in 2014 to 2015.

Last season had the likes of Ayda Field, Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson as main judges.

Speak with The sunHe confessed that he, Cheryl, Robbie, Ayda, Dannii and got a lot of money.

Robbie, Ayda, Louis and Simon on the 2018 series



He said: “Salaries have gotten out of hand. I would be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t make much money.

“But it got too crazy. And coming back to The X Factor, I’m not even sure artists should judge other artists. I think it’s in their DNA to want to find a star.”

Despite The X Factor being cancelled, Simon is still scouting for talent on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent – which return next week.

He was also the judge on American Idol and the US version of The X Factor.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Got Talent fans recently got a sneak peek at the new season of the talent show.

The ITV talent show, which hits our screens on Sunday April 16, will feature dog tricks, a magician and even a dinosaur, according to the clip released.

X Factor was canceled in 2018


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He admitted judges’ salaries were “out of balance”.


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Familiar faces are back in the judges’ seats with Simon, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly also return as presenters, watching from the sidelines as contestants show off their skills on stage to win a coveted spot on the Royal Variety Show.

ITV bosses were forced to cancel last year’s series as the Covid pandemic and numerous lockdowns made it almost impossible to audition acts.

In 2020, the semi-finals and finals were postponed and pre-taped until the fall, with Ashley Banjo replacing Simon Cowell after the media mogul suffered a nasty accident in the United States.

Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV on Saturday 16 April at 8pm and continues on Sunday 17 April at 7.45am on ITV and the ITV Hub.

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