EXCLUSIVE: No surprises from Seven today, confirming that The X Factor is not returning in 2017.
The confirmation follows a disappointing 2016 season, despite a positive reaction to winner, Moama teenager Isaiah Firebrace.
Judge Guy Sebastian, perhaps somewhat late to the party, said that speculation about its demise was probably correct.
Seven Head of Programming Angus Ross was pragmatic, telling TV Tonight “X Factor is not coming back.
“Obviously the back half of the year wasn’t as successful as the front half of the year for us. We walk away with Secret Daughter as a win from the back half, but there was a bit of disappointment with some of the other shows.
“But we are very hard markers on ourselves, versus others. Some numbers that may get a pass mark on other networks don’t get a pass mark with us. So we have a number of slots to fill and over the next couple of months we’ll be announcing a lot more.
That leaves Nine’s The Voice as the only singing juggernaut left standing this year.
Without X Factor and Dancing with the Stars -also not returning- Seven has already announced Hell’s Kitchen Australia with Marco Pierre White, but Ross would only confirm new Australian programming would fill its slate.
“Watch this space.”