Cowell hints at Walsh exit factor


Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Simon Cowell has dropped the strongest hint yet that Louis Walsh has lost his place on the X Factor judging panel.

The music mogul tweeted: ” Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends. The door remains open and who knows what’s next …”

It follows mounting speculation over the shake-up of the hit ITV talent show, which has already seen presenter Dermot O’Leary replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

Reports have suggested Walsh will be replaced as a judge after 11 years, with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson among those tipped to replace him.

The Daily Mirror said today BBC Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw could also be lined up but an X Factor spokesman told the paper: “There is a great deal of speculation over the judging line-up for this year’s series. However, no formal decision has been made.”

Tomlinson, 23, was made the favourite with one bookmaker to replace Walsh after the former Westlife manager told Ireland’s TV3 that he thought he was “done with X Factor”.

Series regular Sinitta said Tomlinson, who was recently involved in a Twitter spat with his ex-bandmate Zayn Malik, would be an “amazing” judge who had already “spent a lot of time” working with acts behind the scenes last year.

Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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