ITV are in talks to bring back 'Pop Idol'.

Original Pop Idol Will Young

Original Pop Idol Will Young

The talent show originally aired from 2001 to 2003, with Will Young named the first-ever winner and Michelle McManus triumphing in the second series, and channel bosses are said to have been holding talks with various people involved in the programme, including executive producer Simon Fuller about a new limited version of the programme.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It may or may not happen.

"But if it does, it isn't likely to be a full series."

After 'Pop Idol' was placed on indefinite hiatus, it was replaced by judge Simon Cowell's new programme, 'The X Factor'.

And original winner Will previouly claimed 'Pop Idol' was far more "naive" than its replacement.

Following the news of 'The X Factor' being axed, he previously said: "I was very lucky, 'Pop Idol' was fairly naive actually and it was genuinely just a singing competition. I think it can be tricky when there’s more outside sources at play, manipulating people. We weren’t manipulated, we did just turn up and sing."

And he encouraged those behind 'The X Factor' to think about how they could make things better if the show ever returns.

He said: "I think it's always good to have a bit of soul searching and maybe that's what 'X Factor' needs to do. I'm really proud of 'Pop Idol' because I think things were done properly. Social media wasn't around back then. People didn't know what was going to happen. I think it's a good thing and if things need to be redressed, then I hope they are."

As well as Simon, 'Pop Idol' was also judged by Nicki Chapman, Pete Waterman and 'Doctor' Neil Fox.