X Factor 2013: Tulisa and Louis Walsh admit they’re waiting for Simon Cowell’s call but there’s talk of Cheryl Cole & Sharon Osbourne’s return!

by Lisa McGarry

On last night’s Xtra Factor show Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh admitted that they are hoping to return to The X Factor next year but we think one of them may be very disappointed when they don’t get the call.

Last night, after the final aired on ITV1 and James Arthur was voted as your 2012 winner the judges were asked whether they would be returning to the show for the 2013 series.

Tulisa said:

“We get asked this question all the time and we don’t get asked until February.”

Louis added:

“I am always waiting for the call, waiting by the phone for nine years. I’ll be waiting again.”

Tulisa previously admitted that she would never quit the show of her own accord, saying:

“I would never quit the show. At the end of the day I got to where I am as a solo artist with The X Factor.”

However it’s been reported that Simon Cowell is planning to bin her, bring back Cheryl Cole and adopt a ‘back to basics’ approach to the series next year.

Will.i.am manages Chez and reportedly confirmed the news this morning, saying that the Girls Aloud star had reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with Simon recently and is planning to rejoin the panel after a two year break. Read more here.

The Mirror claims that the music mogul is also considering asking Sharon Osbourne to make her comeback and has already held preliminary talks with the reality TV matriarch. Louis Walsh may love Tulisa, but we imagine he’ll gladly wave her off if it means he gets to work with his bestie again.

Old judges aren’t the only changes planned and apparently bosses are considering binning the huge arena auditions, pushing the start date back until the autumn and having the judges act as impartial observers and not mentors of the performing contestants.

What do you think? Will the changes and the “back to basics” format with returning judges save X Factor? Or do you think it’s had its day? Will you miss Tulisa?

Let us know!

Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of the show’s early days…

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!