X Factor host Dermot O'Leary reacts to the NEW judging lineup

Published Wednesday, Jun 1 2016, 10:06 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has reacted to news that Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh will be joining Simon Cowell on this year's judging panel.

Yup, it may have been the worst kept secret in showbiz, but this series, The X Factor will welcome back three of its former judges.

The new panel was confirmed earlier today, and telling fans exactly what he makes of Sharon, Nicole and Louis' return, Dermot tweeted: "Well... That'll keep me on my toes."

Dermot O'Leary on X Factor  - 11/23/2014.

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Does that mean he's a fan?

It had been widely speculated that Louis would be returning after a one-year hiatus from The X Factor. Last year, saw him take a break from the show and Nick Grimshaw join Simon on the panel instead.

Glad to be back, though, Louis has said: "I'm delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole... He'd say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year!"

Sharon, meanwhile, is back after leaving the show in 2013 following series ten. She won that series with her act Sam Bailey and previously starred on the first four series of the show.

X Factor 2016 judging lineup: Nicole Scherzinger. Simon Cowell. Sharon Osbourne. Louis Walsh

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Former Pussycat Doll Nicole was the most recent judge to be linked to The X Factor, after Andrew Lloyd Webber spoke out about her return. He claimed that Nicole had pulled out of her contract to star in Cats the musical on Broadway, but she claims her contract "was never finalised."

As for Dermot, he is back after briefly quitting The X Factor last year. He had chosen to step down as host, after eight years presenting on the show and was replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

Speaking about his return, Dermot has said: "I'm very flattered to be asked back to The X Factor, and am currently dusting off my dancing shoes. There is nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night. The show is naturally very close to my heart, after having hosted it for 8 years. I'm really looking forward to it, and excited to be back."

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