This year’s series of X Factor is nowhere near over, but Louis Walsh has revealed that he and judge Sharon Osbourne will be sticking around for another year.
The 65-year-old Irish music mogul revealed that he and the rock manager have already signed for next year’s competition, but also hinted that fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger may not be returning.
Speaking to The Mirror, Louis revealed who he would like to see return to the panel, ahead of Saturday evening’s long-awaited Judges’ Houses stage.
He’s back! X Factor judge Louis Walsh revealed that he and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne had already signed up for the next series, but also hinted Nicole Scherzinger may not return
As the longest standing judge on the panel, fans will undoubtedly delight in news of Louis’ return yet Nicole’s possible departure could concern others.
Louis said: ‘I’ll give up when she [Sharon] does. I love it, it’s not like work. This is not like work, it’s great fun. I’m getting paid to do something I love. I’m signed for next year, so is Sharon. Let’s see about Nicole.
When asked who else he would like to see on the panel, he added: ‘I would bring in Mel B, I love her, she’s a survivor. I love Nicole a little bit more. Nicole is my favourite female judge ever, she brings so much.
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‘I adore her, I love her more than she loves me. Seriously, she’s just the best, she’s amazing. She wants to win this year.
Louis made the revelation after Nicole recently hinted she would like to get back to making music after a three year hiatus.
The star told Talk TV: ‘I really care and it’s always a huge decision for me whether I come back or not, because I know it’s 100% or nothing. If I don’t come back, it’s not because I don’t love the show.’
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‘It’s because I’m a singer first… Adele took time out to work on her music. Ed [Sheeran] took some time. I think every artist needs that, to reflect.’
X Factor frontman Simon Cowell previously hinted the Cheryl could return to the panel should Nicole decide to leave.
Simon told The Daily Star: ‘We’ll consider it. Let’s wait till the end of the show…’
Cheryl will make a temporary reappearance as she joins Simon to judge his Groups category.
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She’s back! Cheryl will make a brief reappearance this week to help Simon at the Judges Houses stage