Is Nick Grimshaw being lined up as Louis Walsh's X Factor replacement?
Published 11/05/2015 | 10:05
BBC Radio 1 star Nick Grimshaw is reportedly being lined up to fill Louis Walsh's spot on the X Factor judging panel.
Louis has reportedly been dropped from the line-up after 11 years on the show, although the news has not been confirmed by ITV.
Simon Cowell has also confused fans by tweeting, "Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends. The door remains open and who knows what's next......."
According to The Mirror, Grimshaw (30) could be set to fill Louis' boots in Cowell's efforts to shake up the show for the upcoming 12th season.
A source told the newspaper, "Grimmy is one of the most well connected men in showbiz and will make a brilliant judge. It’s clear Cowell’s hope is that he will attract new viewers and artists to the show.
"He feels fresher and more relevant than some of the previous judges.
"Louis has been a great servant to the show but he is out of touch now compared to up and coming stars like Grimmy. The hope is Grimmy can come in and Louis will leave."
However, with Grimshaw working for the BBC, signing a contract with rival ITV could be difficult, even though Grimshaw's exposure on the reality show would undoubtedly boost his BBC Radio 1 ratings.
Grimshaw is the latest in a long line of names being mooted as possible new judges given Mel B was dropped after just one season last year.
Louis appears to be resigned to the idea that he won't be back. Last month he told the Seven O'Clock Show that he was done with the series.
"'I’m done with X Factor, honestly," he said. "I've done 11 seasons and that's a long time in television - I don't think I'll be going back."
He spoke about wanting to focus on managing his new boyband, Hometown and other acts.
However, he later said he would return fired up with "enthusiasm" if he was indeed asked to return.
Cheryl Fernandez Versini will return which leaves two seats to fill on the panel. It is possible that Louis will return with a new judge - possibly Grimshaw - in the fourth seat.
However, a source told the Irish Sun that Cowell has already told Louis it's "95 per cent certain that he'll be stood down this year".Louis Walsh axed from X Factor after 11 years as Simon Cowell fears fans are tired of the Irish judge - reports