Louis Walsh misses Simon Cowell on X Factor panel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 June 2011
Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh enjoys the fresh ''energy'' a new judging panel has brought to 'The X Factor' but misses the ''fun'' he had with old pal Simon Cowell

Louis Walsh misses the "fun" of working with Simon Cowell.

The Irish music mogul is now the only original judge left on the 'X Factor' - with Simon, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue replaced by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos - and he admits he is sad he no longer has the opportunity for light-hearted rows with his old friend.

He said: "I miss Simon's banter and his fun because he knew how to wind me up. I learned so much from Simon about how to make it real and be honest and not be boring. People don't know the nice side of him. They think he's contriving, but he's a really good man.

"He's incredibly loyal, never curses, doesn't raise his voice, likes animals and he's good to his mother. They're all the good things. He's also got a massive ego. He's vain, he's arrogant, but that's what makes him different. He's got great instincts, about people and fame, and he never goes for the obvious."

While Louis misses working with Simon, the Irishman thinks the new panel have brought a fresh "energy" to the show.

He added in an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper: "It's like a whole new energy has been brought too 'The X Factor' with the new judges.

"We've already found some incredibly talent in just a few days of auditions."

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