'I blame Simon for X Factor flop' says Louis Walsh as he reveals plans for new TV show in 2016
Louis Walsh is in negotiations for a new TV show in Britain, the Herald can reveal.
The in-demand music mogul is ready for new challenges in 2016 after quitting his 11-year stint on the X Factor.
"I might be doing a show in the New Year. I can't say anything until the contract comes in but I can tell you that it has nothing to do with music," he said.
The Mayo native hinted that it could be a reality-style show, but was keeping mum until the deal was sealed.
And he also said that not being on the X Factor this year was the "best thing ever" for him as the latest series has been panned by critics following all the changes made by Simon Cowell.
"The show hasn't really gone well, lets be honest," he said.
"The figures are down, and if I was there Simon would be blaming me, so I'm blaming him.
"There were too many changes. He messed with the show far too much because people loved the format. They liked seeing Dermot and I think a few people liked seeing me too - just a few."
Louis has now turned his attentions towards mentoring Irish boyband Hometown, who he is tipping to take the place of One Direction in 2016.
He said that the six lads, who play Vicar Street on December 4, are the "real deal."
They made Irish music history with the fastest selling single from a debut act earlier this year - but were kept off the top spot this week by Adele's 'Hello'.
"They write all their own songs. Hometown are doing it the old fashioned way - it's not like with Boyzone or Westlife.
"They're gigging all the time and they've become a great vocal band.
They've gigs all around the country," he said.
"They're not lazy. They have 'Homies' everywhere - girls that follow them - and they're working on a big arena tour next year.
"I just think they're special. It's the vocals: that's what gets me excited."
And even though everyone is talking about U2's gigs in the 3 Arena, they're one band that Louis won't be going to see.
"They don't go to our gigs so I'm not going to their gigs," he joked.
"I know what they're like - I saw them in the Baggot Inn with 30 people."
He commended them for closing their 'Innocence + Experience' tour in Paris next month. "I think that's good. Bono knows what he's doing," he added.