Louis Walsh confirms 'X Factor' return

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Louis Walsh is set to return to this year's series of 'The X Factor' alongside judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole.

Louis Walsh will return to the 'X Factor'.

The music manager has revealed he will be appearing as a judge on the 11th series of the ITV talent show alongside Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole.

Louis told Irish radio station 2FM: "I knew I was doing the show but I just signed the deal and I'm very happy with it. At my age you have to keep working!"

The 61-year-old is yet to find out who will take up the fourth and final seat on this year's judging panel, although he hinted that Spice Girl Mel B was in the running for the position.

He said: "I think it could be Mel B from the Spice Girls - I love her and she's quite mad.

"She also did both the American version and the Australian versions of X Factor. But people are also mentioning Alesha [Dixon] and Rita Ora as well.

"I'd love it to be Sharon Osborne, but I don't think it's going to be her."

Louis - who has appeared on the 'X Factor' since 2004 - also revealed that fellow judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have put their feud behind them after the 54-year-old music mogul unceremoniously dropped the 'Girls Aloud' star from the US version of the show in 2010.

He said: "They will get on really well. I think they'll try to hog the limelight [and] it will be all about them.

"The falling out is long over and this'll give Cheryl a whole new career. She'll have a new record coming out and all."

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