Louis Walsh has confirmed that he will quit The X Factor after the next series.
According to the BBC, Walsh will step down as a judge after a decade appearing on the reality show. He told TV Times magazine that he is looking forward to returning to his day job of managing artists, having famously managed Westlife and Boyzone. In 2007, Simon Cowell briefly removed him from the panel and replaced him with choreographer Brian Friedman, only to reinstate him a few days later.
“I’m happy this is going to be my last year,” Walsh said. “I’ve been judging The X Factor for 10 years so I’ve done it all.” In the interview he also said he would be working with Shane Filan from Westlife and would also be putting together a new boy band.
A spokesperson for The X Factor said: “We’re delighted Louis is back for a record breaking 10th series this year… It’s far too early to say what the judging panel for 2014 may or may not look like.”
It is still unclear what will happen to The X Factor after the 2013 series ends later this year as the 10-year deal signed with ITV is due to end. Simon Cowell is believed to be negotiating more series for future years.
The 2013 judging panel will see the return of Sharon Osborne, who last appeared on the show in 2007. She willl join Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.