The success of One Direction might have secured the future of The X Factor on ITV according to reports.
Last year the show suffered from falling ratings and lost out to Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC in terms of viewing figures on a weekly basis.
In addition, most of the winners in recent years have made little impact on the music charts and Simon Cowell has admitted that he considered pulling the show off air.
However, the success of One Direction in American and across the world, showed that the ITV show still had the ability to find stars.
1D’s Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinnson and Zayn Malik took the US by storm, selling out tours and breaking sales records with their debut album ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and the music mogul says their world domination changed his mind about cancelling the series on which they shot to fame.
One Direction finished third on the 2010 series of The X Factor and Cowell told The Daily Star:
“I thought: ‘If we don’t find real stars, it’s a waste of everyone’s time.’
However 1D turned things around and he added:
“They’re No 1 in 30 countries. That’s when you realise it’s really worth making this show.”