'X Factor' Judge Simon Cowell Blames Low Ratings On Talent-Show 'Overkill'

Cowell compares the competition with 'The Voice' to 'having 14 sugars in your coffee when you want two.'

When it was first announced that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato would be joining the "X Factor" this season, it seemed like it would translate into instant ratings gold for the Fox show. However, if time has proved anything, it's that A-list casting doesn't always lead to massive viewership.

"X Factor" has been struggling since it kicked off back in September, and as the show comes to a close this Thursday, its main man, Simon Cowell, has a theory as to why the program isn't exactly killing it. At a press conference on Monday in L.A., Cowell attributed a crowded TV market as the main reason for the ratings slump.

"We were expecting there was going to be a problem with the ratings this year, not just with us but with everything, because it's overkill, there are way too many talent shows on," Cowell explained, before sharing his choice words for his reality TV competition. You see, he doesn't really like "The Voice," which will also crown a winner this week.

"Once 'The Voice' decided to go Monday, Tuesday and we were Wednesday, Thursday — I use the expression it's like having 14 sugars in your coffee when you want two."

"I've done this for 10 years," he added. "The one thing that's the most important is the legacy you leave behind each year. The legacy we're going to leave behind is strong, not just with (Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Fifth Harmony) but also with artists like Emblem3. That's what we're judged on."

Cowell didn't end his grudge against the show there. When later asked about his wishes for the future of "X Factor," he shared, "Wish #1, the chairs on 'The Voice' never turn around because they don't like anyone."

But, it's not just the show's troubled ratings that are making headlines. With news that L.A. Reid isn't returning to the show after a two-season run alongside Cowell, fans are now wondering if Demi Lovato or Britney Spears may choose to leave as well. Spears sat on the panel on Monday and didn't seem to imply any plans at an exit. In fact, she seemed rather pleased with her experience.

And, Cowell left the conversation open as to who might end up on the panel next season. (The show is already confirmed for a third season.) "I don't sit here plotting next year. It's a committee decision and everybody has a say," he said of any potential lineup shakeups for the coming season. "I think the panel has done really well this year. On a personal level I'm going to miss L.A. Reid, and on a business level I'm going to miss him because he's a brilliant record-maker."

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