Sunday 23 November 2014

Louis Walsh: 'I signed for X Factor - like 15 minutes ago'

Judge tells 2FM's Colm Hayes he would love to have Mel B as a fourth judge - but only if Sharon Osbourne is unavailable

Published 30/05/2014 | 17:47

Louis Walsh will reprise his judging role on the 11th series of The X Factor
Louis Walsh will reprise his judging role on The X Factor

Louis Walsh has signed a new contract for the new series of 'X Factor'.

In an interview with 2FM's Colm Hayes, Louis confirmed he had just put pen to paper 15 minutes before going on air.

He also told how he would love to have Mel B as a fourth judge - but only if Sharon Osbourne is unavailable.

Sharon appeared on the last series of the hit ITV and TV3 programme and mentored the show's winner Sam Bailey.

"I signed for X Factor – like 15 minutes ago.

"I got the text – well I knew I was doing the show anyway."

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh
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Cheryl Cole
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Louis Walsh will reprise his judging role on the 11th series of The X Factor
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"I’m very happy... I’m glad to be working at my age," he told Colm.

"This is my eleventh [year] on X Factor and I did Pop Stars: The Rivals before that," he added.

"And it’s Simon and it’s Cheryl – I don’t know who is going to be in this other seat beside me.

"I have to see that person for three or four months. It has to be someone I like.

"I just hope they put someone I like in the chair beside me. I would love Sharon Osbourne but I just don’t think it’s going to be her.

"I think, I think it might be Mel B and I would love that.

"If it’s not Mrs O, I would love Mel B."

Talking about Cheryl Cole's return, Louis said past troubles between herself and Simon Cowell is water under the bridge now.

"They’ll [Simon and Cheryl] get on really well.

"They’ll try and got the limelight on the show – it will be all about them,” Louis laughed

The pop supremo agreed with host Colm that Simon Cowell had “mellowed” since he became a father to son Eric, who was born on Valentine’s Day this year.

Irish Independent

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