Pop mogul Simon Cowell has made history by signing the biggest ever TV deal in the UK industry.
Cowell, who features on US talent show American Idol, has been paid GBP20 million ($39 million) by network ITV to continue on British television contest The X Factor for the next three years.
He says, "After two and a half years of The X Factor, I'd pondered whether we were going to carry on. But this series has been fantastic... I think there is even more we can do with The X Factor. I couldn't be happier."
Saturday (16DEC06) saw LEONA LEWIS win the latest series of the talent show.