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Louis Walsh takes a break

X FACTOR judge Louis Walsh has flown home to Ireland for a break.

The Mayoman flew back following last week's live shows, to take away from the tension.

The 59-year-old has revealed he "couldn't take the fighting anymore".

"I'm stressed out and exhausted from all the arguing - I can't deny it.

"The girls have big egos and things are turning very tense and bitter," said Louis.

Rumours have circulated that Simon Cowell is "furious" over this year's ratings and is planning a shake up to save the audience numbers.

"What people are forgetting is that this is the second most successful X Factor we've ever had," Louis said.