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Louis - I'd welcome Tulisa back on X Factor

SHE was one of his favourite judges and now Louis Walsh has said he'd love Tulisa Contostavlos to make a return to The X Factor.

The long-standing panellist on Simon Cowell's hit series said he would welcome 26-year-old Tulisa back for the Judges' Houses round of the show.

"I have spoken to Tulisa, I totally support her," said Mayo man Louis, who will return for the next instalment of the reality hit this autumn alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Mel B.

"I spent so much time in her dressing room, I know the real Tulisa.

"She's not Mother Teresa but she's a good girl. She's rough around the edges but I like her. I definitely would have her at judges' houses; she'll bounce back."

Tulisa took part as a judge in the programme in 2011 and 2012. Last month drugs allegations were thrown out by a court.

"She's a tough lady, and she's made it this far on her own," Louis said. "My advice would be to make a great record and show off that gorgeous face of hers."