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X Factor pay rise? Louis just happy to star

HE may be the longest standing judge on the X Factor panel – but music mogul Louis Walsh is not the most demanding.

The judge has signed up for another series of the show but unlike the other judges – Louis is not asking for a pay rise.

Instead, he's staying put and happily pocketing a cool €1.2m – the amount he was paid on previous series.

The judge told X Factor bosses he didn't believe it was right to ask for more cash as so many of the viewers and fans of the show are struggling financially.

"Louis is mindful of economic troubles," an insider said. "Particularly at home in Ireland where the property market has crashed, so he didn't think it was right to ask for a pay rise."



Given the economic climate, Louis thinks asking for more cash would be a tad uncouth.

"A €1.2m deal is plenty for anyone and he's just happy to have the place back on the panel."

But Louis's co-stars aren't quite so gracious. Sharon Osbourne is this week set to sign to return after agreeing a €2.1m package, including €350,000 in first-class plane tickets.

Gary Barlow wants to boost his €1.8m deal and is apparently on the verge of signing a new big bucks contract.

Sultry singer and former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger is also looking for a pay hike and sources says she is 90pc to return.

He's been in the music business for over 40 years, but shows no signs of slowing down.

The new two-year contract he's signed means he will have been on the judging panel for a decade.

And Louis is on the hunt for Ireland's next big boy band. The music manager, who launched the careers of Boyzone and Westlife, is searching for a band to rival the success of 1D.

"It will be boys over 16 from anywhere," he said. "I am looking for five pop stars – but they must be prepared to work hard. Vocals are key."

Auditions take place in the Button Factory in Dublin next week.