Louis Walsh: Cowell return could tempt me back to X Factor

Louis Walsh admits he would think about reversing his decision to quit 'The X Factor' after the upcoming 10th series if Simon Cowell was to return to the show's judging panel next year

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Louis Walsh would consider going back on his decision to quit 'The X Factor' if Simon Cowell returns to the show.

The music manager announced earlier this month he is to leave the programme after the upcoming 10th series, but admits he could be talked around should 'X Factor' boss Simon return to the judging panel next year.

He said: "I've been doing it 10 years. It's an awful long time to be on the show. I don't want to be pushed. I'd prefer to leave than be pushed. To leave on my terms.

"Now if Cowell came back, I might come back. The two of us, we would not stop laughing. If Simon called me up and said ... but, oh well. Let's see what happens."

Louis is to return to his day-to-day job of managing bands when he quits the show, and admits 'X Factor' bosses haven't even attempted to persuade him to reverse his decision because he didn't tell them he was going to quit.

He explained: "They haven't said anything to me. Because I announced it without really telling them.

"I want to be a manager, because that's my day job. It's my real job. I love doing 'X Factor', I absolutely love it. It has its highs and lows. Sometimes I love it more than other times.

"It is the best job in the world though. I'm like the cheerleader. But I do take it seriously, even though it may not always look like that."

Despite recently saying he has signed up for the next series of The X Factor's rival 'Strictly Come Dancing', Louis insists he was only joking and wouldn't appear on the programme for "all the money in the world".

He added to RadioTimes.com: "That was a joke! We had a warm-up comic on. He said, 'Oh, you're leaving, where are you going?' And I said, 'Oh yeah, I'm going to 'Strictly',' and Sharon said, 'I'm going with him,' just taking the p**s at the live show. And it was really funny.

"But I'm not doing it. No way. I wouldn't do it for all the money in the world. No, no, no. I couldn't. I can't dance. I cannot dance."

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