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Nicole Scherzinger and friend Thom Evans look loved on E Baldi in Beverly Hills

Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans enjoyed a late dinner together on Tuesday evening at E Baldi in Beverly Hills.

The beloved duo returned to their car, collected it from the valet, with Nicole in a black trench coat.

The stunning singer, 41, showed her flawless complexion and wore her ravens loosely around her features as she staggered on their 4X4 in black heels.

Dinner date: Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans enjoyed a late dinner together on Tuesday evening at E Baldi in Beverly Hills

Dinner date: Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans enjoyed a late dinner together on Tuesday evening at E Baldi in Beverly Hills

Thom, 34, wore a gray shirt and dark jeans, seen climbing behind the wheel and driving away the couple.

The two have been dating since they met last year at X Factor: Celebrity, with rugby star Thom competing with his band Try Star.

They remained reluctant, with Nicole’s role as judge in the show keeping her firmly behind the jury; but since the end of the show the duo has become known for their romance.

And while Nicole is going on tour this year with the reformed Pussycat Dolls, The X Factor is taking a break for 2020.

Loved up: the duo was returned to their car and picked up at the valet

Loved up: the duo was returned to their car and picked up at the valet

Loved up: the duo was returned to their car and picked up at the valet

Home time: Nicole was seen faltering in black heels on their 4X4

Home time: Nicole was seen faltering in black heels on their 4X4

Home time: Nicole was seen faltering in black heels on their 4X4

There he is: Thom, 34, wearing a gray shirt and dark jeans, seen climbing behind the wheel and driving away the couple

There he is: Thom, 34, wearing a gray shirt and dark jeans, seen climbing behind the wheel and driving away the couple

There he is: Thom, 34, wearing a gray shirt and dark jeans, seen climbing behind the wheel and driving away the couple

Fresh romance: the two dating since the X Factor: Celebrity meeting last year, with rugby star Thom competing with his band Try Star

Fresh romance: the two dating since the X Factor: Celebrity meeting last year, with rugby star Thom competing with his band Try Star

Fresh romance: the two dating since the X Factor: Celebrity meeting last year, with rugby star Thom competing with his band Try Star

Insiders at ITV have revealed that Simon Cowell has made the decision to ‘rest’ the talent series for 12 months, which means that the usual competition will only appear on screens in 2021.

The X factor has been contracted for another series, but chief boss Simon thinks it is the ‘right time’ to stop the show for a year, so that future series can benefit from it.

Sources told The sun: ‘Simon really wants to think about the show and how to breathe new life into it for the future.

Taking a break: the X factor is said not to return in 2020, because Simon Cowell (pictured above with Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson) has decided to ‘let the show rest for 12 months’

“Although The X Factor is still contracted for a series, ITV understands the rationale behind the idea to let it go this year and wants to give Simon and the team time to do what they think is right.”

It is after Simon released two spin-off versions of The X Factor on screens.

Last year The X Factor: Celebrity was broadcast on ITV and saw famous faces – including Thom – showing their vocal talents while competing for a record deal with Simon’s main music label, Syco.

Mini hiatus: Sources claim: “Although The X Factor is still a series contracted, ITV understands the rationale behind the idea to let this rest this year”

Winner: Megan McKenna was crowned X Factor: Celebrity champion and received a record deal with Simon's music label Syco

Winner: Megan McKenna was crowned X Factor: Celebrity champion and received a record deal with Simon's music label Syco

Winner: Megan McKenna was crowned X Factor: Celebrity champion and received a record deal with Simon’s music label Syco

Megan McKenna was crowned the show’s winner and teased her working on new music in the studio, while other notable stars from the show include runner-up Max and Harvey and The Chase star Jenny Ryan.

Simon acted as chief judge in the show and was accompanied by X Factor veteran Louis Walsh and Nicole.

X-factor: the band followed and lasted only a week. It saw boys and girls auditioning for judges Simon, Nicole and Leona Lewis in a fast-track version of the show.

X-factor: The Band: Simon joined Nicole Scherzinger and Leona Lewis on the jury panel to find the next big girl band / boy band in an accelerated version of the show

X-factor: The Band: Simon joined Nicole Scherzinger and Leona Lewis in the jury committee to find the next big girl band / boy band in an accelerated version of the show

X-factor: The Band: Simon joined Nicole Scherzinger and Leona Lewis in the jury committee to find the next big girl band / boy band in an accelerated version of the show

Once the successful participants were placed in their respective boy band, Unwritten Rule, and girl band, Real Like You, the two bands competed for that coveted record deal with Syco.

Real Like You – consisting of Jess Folley, 16, Virginia Hampson, 17, Seorsia Leagh Jack, 18, Luena Martinez, 20, Halle Williams, 19 and Kellimarie Willis, 17 – won the winners.

The X factor has been running on ITV for 16 years.

The last traditional series in the air was back in 2018, with jury members Simon, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field on the jury committee.

Dalton Harris, accompanied by former One Direction star Louis, won the series, with Scarlett finishing in second place and Anthony Russell in third place.

Original series: The last traditional series broadcast on ITV was in 2018, where Louis Tomlinson (R) won the series with his act Dalton Harris

Original series: The last traditional series broadcast on ITV was in 2018, where Louis Tomlinson (R) won the series with his act Dalton Harris

Original series: The last traditional series broadcast on ITV was in 2018, where Louis Tomlinson (R) won the series with his act Dalton Harris

On the way out? While The X Factor was picked up for another series by ITV in a new deal signed with Syco, Britain's Got Talent was put into use until 2024

On the way out? While The X Factor was picked up for another series by ITV in a new deal signed with Syco, Britain's Got Talent was put into use until 2024

On the way out? While The X Factor was picked up for another series by ITV in a new deal signed with Syco, Britain’s Got Talent was put into use until 2024

Although it has produced huge stars such as 1D, Little Mix, Olly Murs and James Arthur, The X Factor has demonstrably been a hit in recent years.

X Factor 2010-2018: Overview of series classifications

2010: 14.3 million viewers

2011: 12.41 million viewers

2012: 10 million viewers

2013: 9.45 million viewers

2014: 8.65 million viewers

2015: 7.85 million viewers

2016: 7.71 million viewers

2017: 6.52 million viewers

2018: 6.19 million viewers

X Factor was struck by the lowest ratings ever when the Celebrity series broadcast its first live show earlier this year.

The ITV series registered only 2.96 million viewers at one point and in the last 15 minutes of the Celebrity special there were only 2.99 million viewers left.

Even with a peak of 3.73 million, the assessment compared to the average viewing figures of 14.13 million that the show reached its peak in 2010.

It marked the lowest ratings since the franchise started in 2004, but sources claim that the X factor is still the best viewed show for 16 to 34 year olds.

It was only in December that reports claimed that The X Factor would definitely return to ITV, with an insider who at the time told MailOnline exclusively that show bosses wanted to stimulate show revision to increase the number of songs next time.

“It will definitely come back, but the ratings have dropped, so bosses want to make sure it gets a little better,” they said.

While The X Factor was picked up for another series by ITV in a new deal signed with Syco, Britain’s Got Talent was put into use until 2024.

Simon said in a statement: “I am very happy that our relationship with ITV will continue in the near future. ITV has always been the home of Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor – and me! – and this long-term commitment shows mutual respect in our partnership. “

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