LINDA Martin is not convinced that Louis Walsh has really left his X Factor days behind him.
The singer, who is a long-time friend of the music manager, said that she thinks he is not really gone from the show.
"I feel he is going back to X Factor, I just feel it," she said.
The music mogul announced that he was done with the talent show after 12 years recently, but his best pal Linda doesn't think the show will go on in his absence.
"I don't think it'll be X Factor without him," Linda explained.
"You have to have that camaraderie, that friendship, the atmosphere and I think he is great because of his relationship with Simon Cowell."
Since his shock departure from the show people have been speculating about the possibility of an Irish version of Britain's Got Talent with Walsh at the helm.
Linda (67) said that she would accept an invitation to join the judging panel, if she was offered a place.
"I'd love to be one but I haven't heard anything about it. Of course I'd love to do it, especially to work with him."
The Eurovision champ joked that she would only return to the famous competition if Johnny Logan would pen a song for her.
"I don't know about sending me, but I want Johnny to write the song and it's going to be a duet. That's what I want."
"I think he'd come up with such an amazing song. I think he is an amazing writer, especially for that genre. He just gets it," she continued.
Linda believes that this year's Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling has a good chance, and that her song is a 'grower'.
"For a 17-year-old she has such maturity in her voice," Linda said. "I think they'll like her and the impression that they'll get off her."
Linda was speaking at the launch of a book called Inside the Eurovision Song Contest: Music, Glamour and Myth by Julian Vignoles, with pictures from the competition down through the years by Independent News and Media photographer Kyran O'Brien.
At the launch in Pantibar were RTE's Derek Mooney and Marty Whelan, TV3's Alan Hughes and Rory O'Neill, also known as Miss Panti.
Meanwhile, Molly Sterling said she looks forward to this summer's competition. The young singer is working on an album in addition to preparing for the show.
She said the experience has been 'surreal' but she is working hard to make the most of it.
"It hasn't really registered yet. I don't think I'll realise until I'm actually on stage," Molly added.