Louis Walsh has insisted that he IS coming back to The X Factor this year.
Show bosses revealed last month that Take That star Gary Barlow will definitely be returning to the talent show for a second year and confirmed that American singer Kelly Rowland would not, however no official statement had been made about the other two panel members.
The executives may be hoping to play their cards close to their chests, but Louis has been shouting his new from the rooftops and this week declared:
“I’m back! It’s my ninth year on the show and as the only remaining original judge I’m delighted to take my seat once more on the judging panel.”
Simon Cowell confirmed the news, saying:
“The show wouldn’t be the same without Louis, I am really happy he is coming back.
“I hope he has an opportunity this year to show what an astute manager he is.”
Astute music manager? We love that! One of the first years that he hasn’t been managing the groups category and a girl group wins for the first time. What does that say about Walsh?
It seems that the rivalry between the judges will continue this year too and Gary took to Twitter today, when he heard the news and baited his co-star, joking:
“I hear there’s a lovely lad from Ireland joining me on #XFactor,” Gary joked on Twitter.
“Congrats Louis! One of these years you’ll be head judge :)”
Meanwhile, though it has not yet been confirmed that Tulisa will be back, she has been hinting that she has already singed her papers and is all set to start the auditions this month.
The brunette beauty revealed how she landed the role last year, admitting that she customized a t shirt for Simon and he liked her cheekiness so much, that he hired her on the spot. She told Real Radio North West’s Feel Good Breakfast show:
“I was really cheeky. I got him a T-shirt – made sure it was a white V-neck – and I printed a picture of his face on the front that said ‘The Male Boss’ underneath.”
“And I said ‘as the female boss only I can knight you with this title. So here you go, got you a little present.’ Thought I’d be a little cheeky to get in there!”
“It worked, he gave me the job on the spot so happy days!”
So Louis is back, Gary is back, more likely than not Tulisa will also be on the panel when tryouts start in a few weeks time. That leaves one free spot and many sources have claimed that Katy Perry, Dannii Minogue and Sharon Osbourne are all in the running for the last remaining seat.
Who would you like to see in it and what do you think about Louis’ return? Leave your comments below…