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

Published 18/09/2015 | 14:16

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

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

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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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