Simon Cowell confirms X Factor musical on the cards

Cowell is working through ideas with comedian Harry Hill

Simon Cowell confirms X Factor musical on the cards

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Simon Cowell has revealed that he will make a decision over the future of the X Factor musical in the coming weeks, saying early feedback suggests the show is "very funny."

The possibility of a West End musical with an X Factor theme has been discussed for a number of years with TV comedian Harry Hill drafted in to work on a script for the show in 2012. Speaking to Metro about the future of the project, Cowell revealed that he is looking into the long-term viability of things before making a decision on its future.

"First of all we just want to find out if it will work or not," Cowell said. "We’re going to see a workshop on it in a couple of weeks’ time. What I’m hearing from a couple of people who have seen it is it’s very funny and very good. This will be the moment we decide whether we’ll be in or out."

Cowell also revealed that Harry Hill is "besotted" with the show, saying: "Musicals are not our business but I’m going to approach it like I would a TV show. They’ve spent a long time doing this. From the very first time I met Harry Hill he was absolutely besotted with this idea, so we’ll see."

Should the X Factor musical manage to make it to the stage bosses will be keen to avoid a similar fate to that of Viva Forever, the Spice Girls musical which opened to savage reviews in 2012.

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