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Many of us thought that televised singing competitions had had their day, but the homecoming of The X Factor's leader may change all that

The X Factor has its leader back. On Friday, Simon Cowell announced that his American adventure was over and that he would be returning to the UK to save his beloved singing competition from ruin. It's just like the story of King Arthur, if King Arthur had granny teeth and enjoyed being rude to vulnerable people. Truly, this is wonderful news.

Because, as the past three years have ably proved, a Cowell-free X Factor isn't really The X Factor at all. It's been a directionless mess, especially under the claggy rule of Gary Barlow; a man with a wrongly assumed sense of natural authority, presumably because he got to stand in front of Jason Orange in the dinner queue once. But with Simon Cowell back onboard, »

- Stuart Heritage

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