Simon Cowell canceled a scheduled stint as a judge on the new series of The X Factor Israel which is due to release Reshet 13 later this year. The impetus for Cowell’s reported withdrawal has not been officially clarified, although the Jewish News from London quoted a source as saying: “For a number of reasons he just can’t be there in Israel to film the show now … Of course he’s bitterly disappointed, but it was a decision he had to make. . The source declined to say whether Cowell’s decision was made following the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, the outlet reported.
Cowell last August broke his back in an electric bicycle accident, and then spent part of the second half of 2020 recovering from complex surgery. In December 2020, it was announced that he would play the role of judge in the fourth season of the Israeli version of The X factor.
He had previously been forced to miss live broadcasts from America has talent in 2020 following his accident. The NBC show replaced him with guest judges, including Kenan Thompson, in the first two quarter-finals before the rest of the competition format unfolded with just three judges.
Cowell’s appearance on the Israeli show would have been the first time he has judged the show he created outside of the UK and US. X factor, he said: “Over the years The X factor format has discovered incredible talent from all over the world, I can’t wait to see what Israel has to offer.