Simon Cowell on failed X Factor musical: ‘We took a punt and it didn’t work’

The production is set to close this weekend after only eight weeks

Simon Cowell opened up about the failure of X Factor musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ in a recent interview, saying it just didn’t work”.

The musical is set to close tomorrow night (May 10) after an eight-week run at the London Palladium. The show was co-written by comediam Harry Hill, and although it spoofed the talent show and its creator Simon Cowell, it was co-produced by Cowell’s company Syco Entertainment.

“We took a punt and it didn’t work out. If I could do things different, I would have gone to local theatres and built up a following,” said the music mogul in an interview with Digital Spy. The 54-year-old added: “We went in too big a theatre – it’s the biggest theatre in the West End.”

In March, the musical was cancelled mid-performance after major technical fault led to a 45-minute delay. The production had originally been taking bookings until October and had enjoyed some positive reviews.