The X Factor looks set to be on our screens for some time, following the news that Simon Cowell is about to agree a new deal for the show with ITV.

ITV boss Adam Crozier confirmed the news, telling the Mirror that the show – which was rumoured to be facing the axe after its next series – was still a major part of their schedules.

“It is going to be around for quite some time,” he said, adding: “It remains a very important programme for ITV.”

However Crozier did admit that the format was in need of tweaking, saying: “We’ve got to make sure we improve it and get it right.”

He added: “Funnily enough, we did the same with I’m A ­Celebrity, which dipped a little bit two years ago, and it has been back stronger than ever.

“It is perfectly possible to do it.”

Auditions for the new series of The X Factor have been underway across the country, with Sharon Osbourne replacing Tulisa Contostavlos on the panel alongside returning judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.

Sharon hit the headlines at auditions earlier this week after throwing a pen at a singing pensioner who insulted her husband, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne.

Jonnie Rocco, 73, asked her: “You think Ozzy can sing?” prompting Sharon to call security and order him to be escorted from the audition room