Reports today suggest Louis Walsh is set to return to the X Factor judging panel with Simon Cowell this year.
Louis had said last summer that the tenth series would be his last. “I’m happy this is going to be my last year,” Louis said in August “I’ve been judging X Factor for 10 years so I’ve done it all.”
But come October it seemed that Louis had changed his mind, saying: “Well, I said I was going to quit. But I’m having so much fun this year I might stay.” adding he would only return if Simon came back.
According to The Sun TV Biz today, Louis and Simon are set to be reunited on the show for the first time since 2010.
“Simon took a while to confirm he was definitely coming back and now he’s there he wants Louis by his side,” a source claimed this morning. “They are old pals and he knows that he couldn’t do it without Louis. Louis hits a certain audience and has been a constant on the panel – he is someone who Simon trusts.
“He’s his eyes and ears when Simon’s not around which, for a control freak like Simon, is vitally important.”
Other rumoured judges are said to be Cheryl Cole and Rita Ora. Official confirmation is unlikely to be announced before at least March.