It looks like the moment many of us have been waiting for has finally happened. The Music Network is reporting The X Factor Australia has been axed for 2017.
A Seven Network representative has reportedly confirmed to TMN that the network has not signed on for another season of the reality singing competition, though they would’ve typically done so by now.
“No decision has been made yet,” the rep told the outlet. The news comes amid declining ratings for the show. Back in October News Corp reported that the show had suffered its worst-ever ratings this season.
The axing comes weeks after Seven announced the end of another one of its staple programs, Dancing with the Stars. According to TMN, Seven are looking to replace X Factor with another reality program, possibly a romantic reality series, presumably to compete with Ten’s The Bachelor.
According to TMN, Seven has not begun auditions for an upcoming season of The X Factor and the series was not included in its October annual list of programming, despite having appeared in previous years.
The reality singing competition has faced controversy since it was first broadcast, with some accusing it of being rigged. Meanwhile, this year’s season has been criticised for the inclusion of rapper Iggy Azalea as a judge on a singing competition.