Saturday 1 October 2016

Louis Tomlinson won't be joining the X Factor judging panel to focus on his label

Published 27/03/2016 | 10:26

Louis Tomlinson will join Simon Cowell for Judges Houses round of X Factor 2015
Louis Tomlinson will join Simon Cowell for Judges Houses round of X Factor 2015
Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals in 2010
A Tweet showing how One Direction star Louis Tomlinson shared the first picture of his newborn son Freddie online.
The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series
Liam Payne (left) and Louis Tomlinson (right) form One Direction with the BRIT Award for British Artist Video of the Year in the press room at the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Louis Tomlinson has ruled out a return to the X Factor as a judge.

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The 24-year-old singer, who was discovered on the ITV talent show in 2010 with One Direction, has been heavily rumoured to join the judging panel this series in a bid to boost consistently flagging ratings.

He reportedly expressed his interest in joining the team alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez Versini and Rita Ora, but is now said to be choosing to focus on setting up his own record label during 1D's hiatus.

"Louis loves the X Factor, but wants to develop his label and sign more new talent," a show source told the Sun on Sunday. "Simon understands. They both agreed not to rule him out being an X Factor judge in the future."

Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals in 2010
Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals in 2010

Outgoing judge Nick Grimshaw left the show after just one season, saying he found his judging duties with his BBC radio presenting gig too much work to handle.

"I love going to work and I like to be busy," he told the Daily Star. "But doing X Factor and the radio was work all the time.

"I was doing the show in the morning and then working on X Factor from midday to midnight. It was every day. I will miss X Factor but I don’t regret my decision to go."

Hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs have also moved on to different projects in yet another dramatic shake-up of the show.

Liam Payne (left) and Louis Tomlinson (right) form One Direction with the BRIT Award for British Artist Video of the Year in the press room at the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Liam Payne (left) and Louis Tomlinson (right) form One Direction with the BRIT Award for British Artist Video of the Year in the press room at the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series
The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series

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