'X Factor' winner Alexandra Burke welcomed the chance for the talent show to “try something new” today after Simon Cowell talked about leaving the show.
The chart star, who won the ITV1 competition in 2008, said it would be “weird” for the series to continue without Cowell but that she understood why he might want to move on.
Cowell told The Sun he is considering leaving the ratings winner after the current series to focus on its US counterpart, which begins in September next year.
Burke said: “It’s hard to really say when you don’t know the facts of it and when you don’t know if it’s completely true, but I say it’s always nice to maybe try something new.
“I come from that show so to have Simon Cowell not be there would definitely be weird, so to speak.”
Cowell, who has been a judge on 'The X Factor' since it began in 2004, told The Sun: “At the moment you are going to see me doing one show next year – and not one in England.
“I have a contract for this year and that is it.”
He also suggested that filming both shows would be impossible unless the UK version of 'The X Factor' started later than usual.
His comments throw doubt on whether he will return to 'Britain’s Got Talent', the ITV1 talent quest which has launched stars including Susan Boyle and Diversity.
It is not the first time he spoken of moving on from the shows. Stars sometimes discuss the possibility of leaving programmes as a lever when they are about to renegotiate their contracts.