It has been confirmed that the X-Factor will not be returning in 2017.

The conformation follows a below average performance in 2016, although fans were happy with winner Isaiah Firebrace.

Seven’s Head of Programming Angus Ross was pragmatic, telling website TV Tonight “X Factor is not coming back.

“Obviously the back half of the year wasn’t as successful as the front half of the year for us. We walk away with Secret Daughter as a win from the back half, but there was a bit of disappointment with some of the other shows.

“But we are very hard markers on ourselves, versus others. Some numbers that may get a pass mark on other networks don’t get a pass mark with us. So we have a number of slots to fill and over the next couple of months we’ll be announcing a lot more.’’

However, it is a different story for Nine, with The Voice coming back as Australia’s only singing competition.

Channel 7 now has no X-Factor or Dancing With The Stars but they have already announced Hell’s Kitchen Australia with Marco Piette White but it is not yet known where that will slot in.