Simon Cowell will return to the UK in January for an X Factor crisis meeting.

The music mogul will decide how to save the flagging show for 2013 after the final last weekend scored the lowest ratings since 2006.

X Factor executive producer Richard Holloway told The Guardian: "There is not one element we will not be looking at carefully - from judges and start times to auditions and glitzy productions."

He hinted that Cowell might be a part of the judging panel again, saying: "I'd love him to come back. He's the best judge in the world, Never say never! If we can find a way to reintroduce him, we will. But it is impossible for him to be in two places."

Cowell is currently on the judging panel for the second season of The X Factor USA, which ends this weekend, but the two shows both go out in the autumn.

The producer continued: "It's our tenth anniversary in 2013, and we want it to be amazing.

"It's about who the judges will be next year. Do we reformat the show? Do we introduce a new element?"