The X Factor returns this weekend and there is a lot of speculation about some changes that executive producer, judge, and stubble enthusiast Simon Cowell have made on the show. He seems to think that the format has become stale and they need to head in a new direction. The X Factor has been on British TV almost as long as Queen Elizabeth has sat on the throne, it seems. It's downright an institution. But Simon thinks that it's gotten kind of boring. So, he's proposed a series of changes to freshen the show up. In particular, he's going to cut down the number of live shows. For some reason, these episodes have lower ratings than the previous rounds. He also finds them to be a snooze. He said of the changes, "I think you have to realize what the contestants are in it for, why do so many people enter? I think if you just make the same show each year it becomes boring and predictable.\u00a0So you try and make changes for the better, not everything works but some ideas we\u2019ve got for the live shows are going to be good. There are less live shows, which has come as surprise to many and some have said that it\u2019s a reaction to ratings. What was the thinking behind that decision? I just think it\u2019s the way things are in all these shows at the moment. The early and middle rounds rate well. So, the idea is to do more of the middle shows and less of the live shows. We\u2019ll see if it works,' he explained his decision." Nicole Scherzinger and the other judges seem to think these changes will be for the better. Like everything in the entertainment industry you have to just try it and see if the audience responds. They are fickle, after all. Very fickle.