In his first interview following speculation today that he might make a return to The X Factor, Louis Walsh confirmed he is available and that if he does go back he will bring the fun factor and Cheryl ‘lots of chocolates’.
When Loose Women panellist Andrea McLean asked if the reports are true, Louis said:
“Well I don’t really know. Simon said the door was open to me months ago. I talked to him last night. There is a possibility I might end up on the show...But I don’t know for definite.”
Louis continued: “I’d like to. I’m available.”
On whether he may appear on any of the live shows, Louis said:
“There is a possibility. It’s up to Simon and I get on with him really well. I have worked with him for 12 years...We talk all the time. I think there is a chance.”
“It’s the best show in the world - it’s the most talked about TV show - there are three or four acts on the show this year that are incredible.”
“I love doing X Factor, I love working with Simon. He is a loose cannon but he makes great TV. He is going to have the best TV show this year.
Louis continued: “But he has four judges - does he need five?
“I have fun with him, I wind him up, he winds me up. We are a great double act... I think Rita is amazing this year.
“They’re all scared of him - I think he is scared of Cheryl.”
On what he will bring to the show if he goes back:
“I’m going to bring Cheryl chocolates - lots of Cadbury’s chocolates.”
“I’d like to bring a bit of fun.”
The Sun newspaper had earlier reported that Louis was to make a dramatic come back as a "Fifth Judge".
Speculation surrounded Louis, who was replaced by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, would be sitting in an area away from the other judges as he provides commentary on the acts.
“He will be a neutral fifth judge who will sit in a special place away from the other judges to provide his own unbiased comments on the contestants," a source told The Sun.
“It’s a massive coup for Louis who is also going to sign a deal with Simon to help launch Ireland’s Got Talent as a judge.
“We know Nick will come into his own on the live shows because of his experience as a DJ, but we think Louis will be a great addition.”
It's also thought the format for the live shows will be changed.
A source said: "Some of the bosses also like the idea of scoring singers, it was something that was almost brought in during the 2014 series for the live show.
"They would not use paddles, otherwise they would be accused of copying Strictly, but scores would show how people improve each week and would be another thing viewers would comment and discuss."
However, an X Factor spokesperson told Mirror TV: “The live shows do not start until the end of next month and any talk of plans at this stage is speculation."
Louis appeared as a judge on X Factor from 2004 until 2014. He was axed once before in 2007 and replaced on the panel by Brian Friedman, but returned after just a few audition sessions with Cowell admitting he had made a mistake.
In May this year he claimed he was happy to leave the show to go back into full time music management.
At the time he said: "I'm not hanging around for them this year because I want to go back to being a manager. I wasn't sacked but I haven't been hired."
Louis also insisted he would only ever return if it was a "fun" mix of judges, admitting he enjoyed it when he appeared alongside Simon, Sharon Osbourne and Dannii Minogue in 2007.
Simon came under heavy criticism after getting rid of the show stalwart, though reassured fans it didn't mean a return at some point down the line would be completely ruled out.
He wrote on Twitter: "Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends.
"The door remains open and who knows what's next......."
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