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He's back! Louis Walsh gearing up to sign X Factor contract

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Louis Walsh is hotly tipped to return as a judge on this year's The X Factor

Louis Walsh is hotly tipped to return as a judge on this year's The X Factor

Louis Walsh is hotly tipped to return as a judge on this year's The X Factor

It looks like Louis Walsh is poised to sign on the dotted line and make his return to The X Factor UK.

The Mayo music man was interviewed by Vogue Williams on Snapchat on Thursday night and, when asked if he was returning to the ITV show, he said, "I would say so but I haven't signed my contract yet".

"Because you've asked for too much money!" laughed Vogue, although Louis denied this was the case.

Louis recently flew to LA to meet with Simon Cowell to discuss making his big comeback which would see him return with host Dermot O'Leary.

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Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Both had been with the show for 11 years when they were axed ahead of the last series in favour of Nick Grimshaw and presenting duo Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

With Nick, Olly, Caroline, and now Cheryl Fernandez Versini all bowing out after what was deemed a hugely disappointing series last year, it looks like Cowell is getting back to basics.

The room auditions will also return this year, saving auditionees the trauma of having their first audition in front of a baying arena audience.  However, it is expected that the controversial Six Chair Challenge will remain.

Rita Ora's spot on the judging panel could be in jeopardy due to her commitment to filming Fifty Shades Darker.

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The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series

The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series

The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series

Louis Walsh will appear on the Late Late Show tonight, RTE One, 9.35pm.

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Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

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