Louis Walsh to leave X Factor after tenth series

Published Tuesday, Aug 6 2013, 09:51 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
We can't imagine X Factor without Louis Walsh but apparently we'll have to get used to it as he's revealed the upcoming season will be his last.

Yes. X Factor without Louis! It's inconceivable but sadly true.

The Irish judge has told TV Times magazine that he will bow out from the ITV show at the end of this year to focus on other work projects, including spearheading former Westlife singer Shane Filan's solo career.

Louis said: "I'm happy this is going to be my last year. I've been judging X Factor for 10 years so I've done it all… I need my life back!"

X Factor judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow in Birmingham, 10 Jun 2013

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The new X Factor lineup (l-r): Louis, Sharon, Nicole and Gary

Of course, as this is X Factor, we suspect the speculation over who will take his place will begin immediately – and the new series hasn't even started yet!

The auditions stage of X Factor's tenth run wrapped last month and the actual show will air on ITV2 in the autumn. In a twist, this year hopefuls had to pass two auditions to make it to boot camp: one in front of the judges in an intimate room and another in front of thousands at a stadium.

Louis will be joined on the judging panel by the returning Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and his old pal Sharon Osbourne, who starred alongside him from 2004 until 2008 before leaving.

Celebrities at the Dorchester Hotel, London, Britain - 17 Jul 2013
Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh
17 Jul 2013

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Louis and Sharon out in London in July

In a press release announcing the tenth season judging panel earlier this year, Louis said: "I'm back with a vengeance! Ten years on and I'm just as thrilled to be involved in the best show on TV and even more delighted to be re-united with original judge Sharon Osbourne.

"Let the fun and games commence!"

We agree; bring on the new season!

Last year's series was won by James Arthur (who was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger). He's currently working on his debut album and has enlisted the help of artists including Labrinth. He already has one number one single under his belt with 'Impossible'.

Meanwhile, runner-up Jahmene Douglas, also mentored by Nicole, hit number one in the album charts last week with his debut effort Love Never Fails.

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