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Louis reveals favourites for new X Factor judge

POP guru Louis Walsh has revealed his top five favourites to replace Kelly Rowland on the next series of the X Factor.

And his former show side-kick Cheryl Cole is not on the list after their recent war of words.

Speaking to the Herald, he said he would love to share the judging panel with either Nicole Scherzinger, Katy Perry, Mel B, Anastasia or mouthy TV personality Sharon Osbourne.

He confirmed that producers of the hit show are already in negotiations with some of these big-name acts about joining himself, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on the panel.

"These are the five people that they're looking in terms of a replacement for Kelly," he said. "I've worked with Nicole and Katy before and I would love to work with them again, they were fantastic. Mel B has done the X Factor Australia and could easily do it in Britain as she knows the format so well.

"Anastasia has sold millions of records and is a big star and I would give anything to work with Sharon again."

The Mayo music man was taking time out of his busy schedule this weekend as he helped judge the Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown.

The stylish woman eventually named as the overall winner was Naas pharmaceutical rep Jennie Pierce (31).