1D's Louis pushed as X Factor judge
Published 12/04/2015 | 14:11
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson would be an "amazing" judge on the X Factor should Louis Walsh leave the show, according to series regular Sinitta.
The Eighties music star said Tomlinson, who shot to fame as a contestant on the talent show in 2010, had already "spent a lot of time" working with acts behind the scenes last year.
Tomlinson, 23, is the favourite with one bookmaker to replace Walsh as a judge on the ITV series after Westlife's former manager told the Seven O'Clock Show on Irish channel TV3 that he thought he was "done with X Factor".
Presenter Dermot O'Leary has already said he will not be returning for the next series later this year, with 2009 runner-up Olly Murs reportedly being lined up to take over.
Asked what she thought about Tomlinson taking over as a judge on the show, Sinitta replied: "That would be amazing.
"He spent a lot of time with us last year, mentoring the talent and watching rehearsals. I could definitely see him going into music management and production so it's a good place to start.
"Simon's a great mentor. He mentored him as an artist. He can mentor him to be a mentor."
She added: "If Louis (Walsh) goes that's definitely going to shake things up because he's the only one who's always been there. Even Simon was away for three years. That would be a big change if he's serious about it."
Sinitta, who has often appeared at the judges' house stage of X Factor with her ex-boyfriend Simon Cowell, said she suspected Walsh was "hungry" to focus on managing boy bands.
"He has been amazing for the last 11 years on the show," she said.
"He's been the stabling influence and the judge who's taken the most risks, probably had the most fun and the most laughs.
"It would be a shame if he's serious and really not coming back."
Sinitta was speaking as she returned to London's famous Red Bus studios, where she once recorded, for the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque from the Heritage Foundation.
It is the first time a building has received the honour, which is normally given to individuals, after it was nominated by the late Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who was former president of the foundation.
The studio in Marylebone, central London, was used to produce some of the biggest hits of the last 35 years including Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, Culture Club's Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Duran Duran's Girls On Film and Spandau Ballet's True and Gold.
George Michael, Lulu, Manic Street Preachers, Tina Turner and Tom Jones have all recorded at the studios, which have also been used to produce sound effects for television shows Downton Abbey, The Three Musketeers and the Oscar-nominated film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Sinitta said: "Red Bus was a dynamic, innovative and exciting place to be. I have the happiest memories of my early teenage years spent there as well as the friends I made and the professional experience I gained - we made great music and had fun doing it."