Louis Walsh to quit X Factor?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 August 2012
Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh has hinted he could quit 'X Factor' next year when he reaches the 10-year milestone because he doesn't want to outstay his welcome on the show

Louis Walsh has hinted he could quit 'X Factor' next year.

The judge has been on the show for nine years and while he is nervous about being replaced, he admitted he also doesn't want to outstay his welcome and may decide to leave when he reaches 10 years.

He told Radio Times magazine: "This is my ninth year and every year I get nervous that Simon Cowell will bring someone new in, but I know the show and what works."

Referring to 84-year-old Sir Bruce Forsythe on rival show 'Strictly Come Dancing', he added: "My ambition is to get to 10 years on the show - after that we'll see. I don't want to be like Brucie on 'Strictly'. I will know when it's time to give it up."

Louis also admitted the programme has suffered since Simon left to focus on setting up the US version and said Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos, who joined the show last year, struggled at first.

He said: "The show has suffered without Simon - it's like the Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger.

"But we are doing the best we can, although I miss him being there a lot. We are like Steptoe and Son. He may have a go at me quite a lot, but that is just what he is like. He is the best."

"Our judging panel is going to be great this year. Last year Tulisa and Gary were thrown in at the deep end and we struggled a bit but this year they're back and they're stronger and I can't wait to find this year's star."

Louis revealed he previously thought of Tulisa as a "chav in a tracksuit" but said the pair now have a great relationship.

He said: "She is a bit rough round the edges and when they announced she was on the panel I was expecting a chav in a tracksuit - which is what we got - but she's a lot of fun. She thinks she's a bigger star than she actually is though."

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