Louis Walsh says he might be returning to ‘The X Factor’

Irish music manager confirms he has been talking to Simon Cowell about a possible comeback

Louis Walsh has hinted that he might be returning to The X Factor.

The Irish music manager served as a judge on the ITV talent show for its first 11 series, but was not asked back for this year’s run, which introduced new judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora.

With ratings down on last year, rumours have been circulating that Simon Cowell could be planning to reinstate Walsh in a bid to improve the show’s fortunes. Asked whether these rumours are true, Walsh said on ITV’s Loose Women earlier today: “I don’t really know. Simon said the door was open for me, I talked to him last night. There’s a possibility I might be back.”

“We talk all the time,” Walsh then said of his friendship with Cowell. “I think there’s a chance [I’ll be back]. It’s the best show in the world. There’s three or four acts on the show that are incredible. I would love to work with them.”

Walsh spoke about The X Factor with typical candour earlier this month, telling Lorraine Kelly and ITV: “I’m missed and Dermot [O’Leary] is missed – let’s be honest.” He also said the show was more “fun” with previous judges Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Rowland.