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British producer and X Factor creator Simon Cowell
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British producer and X Factor creator Simon Cowell

Citing security situation, Simon Cowell may forgo X Factor Israel appearance

British producer's direct involvement in format's Israeli reiteration expected to give show's ratings a significant boost following a three-year hiatus; production company says Cowell will feature in show as planned

Ran Boker |
Published: 05.24.21 , 22:54
British producer and the creator of the popular television music competition franchise X Factor, Simon Cowell, may not take part as a judge in the next season of the show's Israeli version, citing the security situation in the country.
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  • In case Cowell does ultimately choose to not feature in the show, the judges' panel will be comprised of prominent musicians Aviv Geffen and Margalit Tzanani as well as the winter of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Neta Barzilai.
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    British producer and X Factor creator Simon Cowell
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    Cowell’s direct involvement in the format's Israeli reiteration — produced by Israeli television production company Reshet — was expected to give its ratings a significant boost following a three-year hiatus.
    "We know that Simon Cowell expressed legitimate concerns regarding his arrival in Tel Aviv during the days of fighting,” an official statement from Reshet read.
    “Now that a ceasefire has begun, his attitude has changed. If there are any changes, we will announce them in an orderly manner. Simon Cowell will take part in the next season of 'The X Factor'."
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    Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon,
    Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon,
    Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon
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    The 61-year-old producer garnered global fame after appearing on such TV shows as "American Idol", "Pop Idol", "The X Factor" and among others, captivating viewers with his rough and sarcastic persona.
    Thanks to his performances as judge and producer on these shows, he became one of the most influential figures in the global music and television industries.
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