Saturday 22 July 2017

‘It’s not as good, they’re missing me and Dermot’ – Louis Walsh wants to replace Nick Grimshaw on X Factor

Media Mogul Louis Walsh
Media Mogul Louis Walsh
X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

FORMER X Factor judge Louis Walsh has said Simon Cowell should sack Nick Grimshaw and bring him back to the show’s panel.

The Mayo man was axed from the panel earlier this year after 11 years on the show.

However despite Simon Cowell hoping a new panel would increase ratings, it has had the opposite effect – with one million people switching off this year.

Speaking on tonight's Celebrity Juice, he says: "I could be free … who is he going to get rid of. Everyone is contracted. Grimmy?"

He said he thinks Simon sacked him because he was too old.

"Simon’s got a new face himself. He wanted younger faces so he hired them. I was probably too old for the show."

X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV
X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell for the ITV1 talent show. Picture: SYCO/THAMES TV

"I have been watching. I think Dermot’s missed big time. I really do. I think the older people like me and Dermot.

"It’s not as good. I think they’re missing me and Dermot to be really honest with you."

He also took a jibe at Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw by saying the only reason Cowell hired them is because they were available

Pulling no punches: Louis Walsh
Pulling no punches: Louis Walsh

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