Saturday 18 November 2017

Walsh reconsiders X Factor exit

Louis Walsh is backtracking on comments he was quitting The X Factor
Louis Walsh is backtracking on comments he was quitting The X Factor

Louis Walsh appears to be backtracking on his proposed departure from The X Factor after admitting he is having second thoughts.

Louis had said in the summer that this was to be his final series, as he told an interviewer he was moving on after 10 years, saying: "I need my life back."

But he claimed he was reconsidering his exit during a TV interview to be screened tomorrow.

After being asked about leaving, while appearing as a guest on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show, he says: "Well, I said I was. But I'm having so much fun this year, I might stay."

He told Ross that fellow judge Sharon Osbourne - wife of rock star Ozzy - can be just as much of a handful away from the cameras - and told how she has been known to bare her breasts on a night out.

Louis said "I was out with her once in LA and she took them out. Ozzy was there, it was fine, but she just did it. She's great fun, we love her."

The programme's Gary Barlow - who has also said he is leaving The X Factor after this year - pointed out that although he does not shed tears on screen, unlike some of his colleagues, the tough decisions on the show do make him emotional inside.

He said: "I don't cry easily, I really don't. It takes a child to be born, or something, to make me cry. But I do feel it inside, especially when you're at judges' houses and you're sat one on one with the person.

"These moments are going to change people's lives. You're aware of that and you're trying to make a responsible decision but it's very, very tough."

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