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Ronan hints he may be getting ready to say hoo roo to the X Factor

RONAN Keating is believed to be considering pulling out of the X Factor Australia after the latest series of the show finished there at the weekend.

It was a successful finale for the Irish singer after his contestant Marlisa Punzalan won the competition.

Speaking after the 15-year-old performed her debut single Stand By You on the show, Keating hinted that he could be about to leave.

"If this is my last year on the show, I hope that I can leave with a worthy winner like you," said Keating.

The comments came during the first half of the show on Sunday, before the public had chosen a winner.


Rumours are now rife Down Under that the former Boyzone star is about to leave the show before the next series begins.

Channel Seven, who broadcast the show, refused to dampen down speculation that Keating was about to leave with a spokesperson for the channel saying: "No decisions have been made for 2015."

The Dubliner has been a judge on the show since 2010.

He is currently its longest serving panellist ahead of fellow judges Dannii Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and LMFAO rapper and DJ Redfoo.

After the show Keating said he was delighted and proud of Marlisa.

"She's been unbelievable. What a superstar. So deserving of the title. It has only taken me five years," he said.

"Wow I cannot believe it. Thank you so much Australia. You have chosen a worthy winner," he tweeted.

He worked on the most recent series as a mentor for girls under the age of 25.

Keating's act beat Natalie Bassingthwaighte's Dean Ray in the final, who afterwards hearing Marlisa's performance said: "You have just blossomed at the right time, honey. Now I'm really nervous, damn you Ronan Keating."

The former Boyzone frontman has relocated to Australia where he lives with his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz.

His children with ex-wife Yvonne Keating, Jack, Marie and Ali all flew out to Australia recently to spend time with their dad.

Ronan is due to return closer to home when he begins his stint in the leading role of musical Once in the West End.

And later this year he is to feature as the voice of Postman Pat in the movie version of the children's show.