Plans to move the X Factor results programme to Sunday in the next series could be in jeopardy, according to the papers.

The Sun reports that Simon Cowell is at odds with ITV chiefs over their plans to record the results show on a Saturday night for transmission on a Sunday – which would allow it to compete against BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing results show.

Cowell wants the programme to go out live on a Sunday – but ITV has said it wants to record it straight after the main show on a Saturday night in order to keep costs down.

While the Strictly Come Dancing result is recorded on Saturday night and shown on Sunday evening, Cowell is not keen on The X Factor following suit, saying it will look better if it is shown live on Sunday.

However ITV are less keen since it would cost the network an additional £500,000 a week to pay for crew members and studio over two nights.

“We can see it from both sides,” a show insider told the paper. “Of course it’s going to look better live – with The X Factor, anything can happen, that’s the beauty of the show.”

“The rumour is now that it will either go live on Sundays or stay as a Saturday show.”

The show – which will return for a fifth series later in the year – suffered a blow earlier this week when Sharon Osbourne announced she was stepping down as a judge and mentor.