Louis Walsh in talks for I'm A Celebrity before X Factor comeback?

Published Monday, Sep 28 2015, 09:35 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Louis Walsh was reportedly being lined up to appear in this year's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! until he was lured back to X Factor as a fifth judge.

Well, that's according to The Mirror anyway, which alleges the Irish music manager had been in talks with ITV about a big-money deal to enter the Australian jungle later this year.

Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell outside the Arts Club - 15 February 2013.

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But the newspaper claims that's now up in the air after Simon Cowell decided he wanted Louis to return to X Factor this year, despite dumping him from the judging panel over the summer.

A source said: "ITV approached him months ago to do I'm A Celebrity. He turned them down but in recent weeks they have come in again for him with a huge money offer. [Louis] met them to discuss it but now Simon is offering him a place back on X Factor it seems unlikely he will be heading to Australia."

Neither Simon nor X Factor bosses have commented yet on the rumours that Louis could return to X Factor in some capacity later this year.

He was ditched from the judging panel over the summer and replaced by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw, while fellow judge Mel B was replaced by Rita Ora. Judges Simon and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini both returned to the panel.

Appearing on ITV's Loose Women last week, Louis would only say the door was open for a return...

"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. I'd like to. I'm available. 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."

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