EVERYTHING he touched once turned to gold – but it appears Simon Cowell’s talent show empire continues to crumble around him.
The music mogul is facing a battle on two fronts – he is trying to stem the massive flow of viewers who have chosen to switch off the show, while attempting to quell a rebellion over new judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.
Audiences have labelled Ora ‘Rita Sn-Ora’ on Twitter, with one fan calling the ‘dull’ singer ‘the most pointless judge ever’.
Reports suggest ITV paid out a massive €2m poach the singer – who has just one album – from BBC rival ‘The Voice’.
Ora is the latest judge in the firing line – fellow newbie Nick Grimshaw was subject to a social media campaign last week demanding his removal.
The hashtag ‘#BringBackLouis’ began to trend on Twitter as fans demanded the return of the Mayo man to the panel.
Simon Cowell also held an hour-long phonecall with Walsh last weekend, adding fuel to rumours that he could be making a return.
ITV denied Walsh was set to make a comeback, however teased that he remained an important part of the X Factor family.
Meanwhile latest ratings showed a slight rise in viewership for Saturday’s episode of the show.
However big rival Strictly Come Dancing is not yet back on air, which appears to be the reason for the slight rise.
The 7.5m viewership figure will do nothing to quell concerns of ITV bosses, as it is still down a massive one million on the same episode last year.