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Is this the real reason behind X Factor exit? Louis Walsh 'to front Ireland's Got Talent'

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Published 12/04/2015 | 09:57

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh
X Factor judge Louis Walsh was dropped from the show but was later reinstated.
Louis Walsh on TV3's Seven O'Clock Show

The real reason for Louis Walsh's X Factor exit has been revealed.

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The music manager revealed on Friday night that he was "finished" with the reality singing competition after 11 years, saying he wanted to return to managing bands.

However, according to reports, he will be behind a brand new series, Ireland's Got Talent.

Read more: Louis Walsh quits X Factor after 11 years: 'I'm done with it...honestly'

Louis Walsh on TV3's Seven O'Clock Show
Louis Walsh on TV3's Seven O'Clock Show

The Simon Cowell backed show will be an Irish version of the hit British and American concepts, according to the Irish Sunday Mirror.

"Simon thinks Louis is the best man to take the reins on the judging panel," a source told the paper.

"He's very popular in Ireland and is the obvious choice; Simon trusts him.

"The show's in the early phases of development and Ireland should be a great new territory for the Got Talent format."

The judges for X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell, Cheryl , Mel B and Louis Walsh.
The judges for X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell, Cheryl , Mel B and Louis Walsh.

He told TV3's Seven O'Clock Show on Friday night that he would be departing the programme after more than a decade.

"I’m done with X Factor, honestly," he said.

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"'I think they are going to change the show. I think they are going to get new faces."

X Factor judge Louis Walsh was dropped from the show but was later reinstated.
X Factor judge Louis Walsh was dropped from the show but was later reinstated.

"I know Dermot [O'Leary] is gone - and I don't know who else will be back."

"Simon will probably be back because it's his show. Cheryl [Cole]... I'm not sure. I don't know who else will be back."

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