Simon Cowell to sign new 'X Factor' deal with ITV

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ITV boss Adam Crozier says the show is 'going to be around for some time'.

Simon Cowell is said to be close to signing a new deal with ITV to continue airing The X Factor.

Sharon Osbourne arrives for the London auditions of 'The X Factor' at ExCel on June 19, 2013

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It was heavily rumoured that the upcoming series was to be the last after a whirlwind of judge changes and Tulisa's eventual axing from the show.

ITV boss Adam Crozier told The Mirror: "It remains a very important programme for ITV.

"It's going to be around for quite some time"

He also admitted that the show needs to improve and get it right, citing I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Here's ratings dip a few years ago.

"Funnily enough, we did the same with I'm A ­Celebrity, which dipped a little bit two years ago, and it has been back stronger than ever.

"It is perfectly possible to do it. All these shows need a bit of love and attention and for things to change to keep people interested."

The X Factor will return to ITV later this year with Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh at the judges table.

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