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Can Simon Cowell turn round the ailing reality show? There certainly hasn't been a shortage of ideas about what he can do

Lost in Showbiz confesses it no longer really knows what to do as the good ship X Factor lists ever more perilously in the water. As regular readers will know, it has already tried to help, but to no avail. Following the publication of its suggestion that producers arm the judges with crude homemade weapons and get them to engage in a weekly physical fight on behalf of their acts, it sat by the phone, fully expecting a call filled with tearful gratitude – and perhaps the offer of a tidy cash sum – from a certain distressingly coiffured media mogul. Nothing.

So, Lost in Showbiz chooses to huffily withdraw from the business of offering advice about how to save the show. It's not as if Simon Cowell is short of unsolicited suggestions. »

- Alexis Petridis

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