He's the one, says Louis Walsh, as he tips Robbie Williams for X Factor seat
Louis Walsh is tipping Robbie Williams to take his place on The X Factor judging panel.
The 62-year-old music manager confirmed he will not be returning to the TV talent show in the autumn, but insisted he had left of his own choosing.
"I've done it for 11 years. I never thought I would even be on TV for four or five. To get 10 was great, to get 11 was amazing," he said.
"I haven't been sacked, but I'm not hanging around this year because I want to go back to being a manager. I'm basic- ally going back to my roots, which is the reason I got into this business - music.
"But I wasn't sacked - I have not been hired and I'm not hanging around."
Walsh said the person he would most like to see take his seat would be pop star Williams.
"If I was to pick the perfect person it would be Robbie Williams, or maybe even Niall Horan from One Direction, put somebody else Irish in there," he said.
"I heard Nick Grimshaw is there. That's not a bad idea at all. He's young, he's big on the radio, he knows about pop music, he knows what young people like. I think he's a good idea, I think he's a bit different.
"There has to be chemistry with the four people there. X Factor needs to get four great people this year.
The former Westlife manager, who is currently working with new Irish boyband Home Town, insisted he and X Factor supremo Simon Cowell were still on very good terms.
"I just love working with Simon. Meeting Simon Cowell changed my life," he said.
"We met in Dublin, and then we did Westlife together, and we did 12 years. I love him, everything about him. Maybe not crazy about the heels, but he's funny, he's different and we just work really well together.
"I talk to him an awful lot, we're really good friends. Nobody has been as loyal and as good to me as Simon.
"I'm absolutely a positive person, the glass is always half full with me, it's never half empty.
"I'm really happy with my life, I don't think I've ever been this happy, with my personal life, with my business life, with everything - I'm just happy."