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'If they want me back I'll return all fired up with enthusiasm' - Louis Walsh still in the dark about X Factor

Published 26/04/2015 | 13:16

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh has stated he's ready to leave The X Factor after 11 years on the judging panel, but the Mayo man has not ruled out a return this year.

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It seems Louis is still in the dark as to whether his services will be required on the new season due to kick off this summer.

"After 11 years I'm ready to go and I'd prefer to leave that the top," he told the Sunday World.

However, he added, "Having said that, if they want me for another year I'll go back all fired up with enthusiasm because I never do anything half-heartedly."

Simon Cowell is rumoured to be assembling an entirely new panel for the show this year in an effort to shake things up and Louis is as unaware of the exact plans as anyone else.

Dermot O'Leary, who fronted the show from the beginning, has already been replaced by presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

The music manager is not resting on his laurels, however, and is currently working full-time managing ex-Westlifer Shane Filan and newbie boyband HomeTown.

Rumours that Louis will front Ireland's Got Talent, should the show ever be commissioned, may not be entirely unfounded as the 62-year-old music manager says he's open to the idea.

"If the right Irish TV show came up I would definitely do it  But it would have to be the biggest and the best and I'd have to believe in it," he said.

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For now he's focusing on his acts, with Shane lined up for a performance on Pat Kenny in the Round next month following his new signing with Warner Music, and HomeTown scheduling a second Vicar Street date.

Both acts will have albums out in time for Christmas.

Louis also revealed he's looking for a new male Irish singer-songwriter to manage.

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