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Louis Walsh Isn't Impressed By The New 'X-Factor' Judging Panel


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After being axed from the ‘X-Factor’ after 11 years, Louis Walsh has hit out at the show’s new judging panel and in particular DJ Nick Grimshaw. But despite no longer being on the series, the 63 year old has said he still tunes into ITV every Saturday and thinks the show's ratings will improve.

Louis WalshLouis Walsh isn't enjoying the new ‘X-Factor’ judging panel.

“I’m not sure about Grimshaw. I haven’t seen much of him," Walsh told the Daily Star. "People don’t like change and I think they miss Dermot and maybe some people miss me. The new panel needs time to bed in.”

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The 'X-Factor' Gets A Ratings Boost But Is Still Nearly A Million Viewers Down From Last Year


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The ‘X-Factor’ has enjoyed a slight ratings boost in its third week of series 12, with 7.55 million viewers tuning into ITV on Saturday evening. However the numbers are still significantly lower than last year's and the show is yet to go had-to-head with BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which begins in two weeks.

X-Factor judges Ratings for the ‘X-Factor’ have been low this series despite a new judging panel.

According to The Mirror, 7.55 million watched the show live on ITV at 8pm, and then a further 359,000 caught the episode on the ITV+1 channel. However this time last year the show was pulling in 8.43 million on ITV and a further 441,000 viewers an hour later.

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Simon Cowell Reportedly Makes A Crisis Call To Louis Walsh


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Simon Cowell went all guns blazing for the latest series of The X Factor: poaching Rita Ora from BBC’s The Voice; drafting in young audience pleaser Nick Grimshaw; booting old-time judge Louis Walsh from the panel; and sticking with pretty Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell is calling in old pal Louis Walsh to help with The X Factor's ratings slump

He’s changed the category format, thrown everyone’s favourite presenter, Dermot O’Leary, away and declared war on his Saturday night rival, Strictly Come Dancing.

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Rita Ora Opens Up About Why She Decided To Join 'The X Factor'


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New judge on ‘The X Factor’ Rita Ora has revealed that she couldn’t say no to Simon Cowell’s offer once she had heard about the organisers’ new plans for the reality TV show, and that it was this that was the primary factor in her decision to leave ‘The Voice’.

The 24 year old hitmaker spoke to Lorraine Kelly on the British morning chat show ‘Lorraine’ about her high-profile network switch from the BBC to ITV, saying that she just wanted “to be a part of it” when she heard about the new ideas.

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Nick Grimshaw All But Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judge Next Season


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After months of speculation linking him with the job, it seems that Nick Grimshaw will be taking up the vacant spot on ‘The X Factor’’s judging panel to replace the departing Louis Walsh.

It was Walsh himself who dropped the strongest indication yet that the Radio 1 DJ has signed up for the ITV singing show, saying that he had “got my job” in a statement to the Daily Star Online.

Nick GrimshawNick Grimshaw is strongly rumoured to be Louis Walsh's 'X Factor' replacement

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Louis Walsh Resumes 'X Factor' Attack On Cheryl Fernandez Versini


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Louis Walsh has continued his public spat with his former colleague on ‘The X Factor’ Cheryl Fernandez-Versini by suggesting that she would refuse to be a panel judge alongside Nicole Scherzinger if the latter were to return.

Walsh has already been involved in a recent war of words with the ex-Girls Aloud star, branding her as “lazy” and “irrelevant” in an interview with Heat magazine on Tuesday last week. Cheryl had responded on Twitter by ridiculing Walsh as having an “obsession” with her. “Dear Lou Lou. Try using your mouth to say something positive about something positive,” she continued.

Cheryl ColeCheryl Cole will not be a judge alongside Nicole Scherzinger, claims Louis Walsh

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Louis Walsh Confirms He Won't Return To 'The X Factor'


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After weeks of speculation, Louis Walsh has confirmed that he will not be returning to ‘The X Factor’ later this year. The former Westlife manager and long-term judge on the popular ITV talent show will effectively be quitting after 11 years on the panel.

The 62 year old spoke to the Press Association on Wednesday and said: “The truth is I've done it for 11 years, I never thought I would even be on TV for four or five. To get ten was great, to get 11 was amazing, I'm not hanging around for them this year.”

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Returning To 'The X Factor' With £500K Pay Rise


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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to The X Factor and has received a hefty pay rise. According to reports, the former Girls Aloud star has negotiated a £500K pay bump. The 31-year-old singer is the first celebrity to be signed as a judge by the show's creator, Simon Cowell, for the upcoming 12th series.

Cheryl Fernandez-VersiniCheryl Fernandez-Versini has signed on to return to The X Factor as a judge. 

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Is Louis Walsh Done With 'The X-Factor' After 11 Years?


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Louis Walsh’s time as an ‘X-Factor’ judge could be up, as the music manager has said he’s “done with the show”, after 11 seasons. The 62 year old made the comments during an appearance on the Seven O’Clock Show on Thursday, when he was asked about his future as a judge on the ITV talent show.

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“I’m done with X Factor, honestly,” he told the hosts. "I’ve done 11 seasons - I don't think I'll be going back. That’s a long time in television. I think they’re going to change the show and get new faces.”

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Simon Cowell Reckons One Direction's Success Won't Be Repeated


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As Britain’s premier pop music mogul, Simon Cowell isn’t one to mince his words. Ahead of the first live shows of the current eleventh series of ‘The X Factor’, he is reported to have launched a dismissive broadside against this year’s crop of hopefuls, claiming that none of them stand a chance of emulating the success of One Direction.

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Simon Cowell reckons that none of this year's 'X Factor' contestants can match 1D

Louis Walsh, a fellow judge on the ITV show, told The Sun newspaper: “the most successful group in the show's history is One Direction, and Simon said that what they did 'will never be repeated. I don't think anyone this year is capable of that, but I don't think anyone will do it again.’”

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X Factor Judges Star In £1million 'Game Of Thrones Promo'


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The latest series of the X Factor looks set to be the most epic one yet - if the first promo is anything to go by. While every year The X Factor judges battle it out on our television screens, Simon Cowell and co have gone one step further this year, by starring in a Game Of Thrones-inspired commercial.

The minute-long promo shows Cowell and the other judges lead individual armies of hopefuls into battle for the X Factor throne, ahead of the much-anticipated new series this Autumn.

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Cheryl Cole Refuses To Sit Next To Louis Walsh On 'The X Factor' Judging Panel


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Cheryl Cole is allegedly refusing to sit next to Irish entertainment manager Louis Walsh on The X Factor judging panel this year. Tensions have been mounting since Simon Cowell revealed in an interview that Cole didn’t want Walsh to return to the show, full stop.

Cheryl Cole Louis Walsh feud Cheryl Cole has refused to sit next to Louis Walsh on the X Factor judging panel

Cowell told OK! magazine: “I want Louis to come back to ‘The X Factor’ - but Cheryl doesn’t.” The Geordie singer and Walsh have failed to see eye-to-eye on various occasions, particularly after she publicly revealed that he was a poor manager to her band Girls Aloud.

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Mel B To Join 'X Factor' Judges In £1 Million Deal - Confirmed


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Mel B has been announced as the new judge who will be joining The X Factor panel for the upcoming 11th series of the talent show. The former Spice Girl, 39, appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge and has also been featured on the American and Australian versions of ITV's hit singing contest.

Mel B, AKA Melanie Brown, will be joining returning judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole with the hope that a victor will be chosen from her group of singers. She said she was "so excited" to have been appointed as a judge, in a deal that is reportedly worth £1 million, according to BBC News.

"I've always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that's what I'm going to bring more of this year," Mel said. "Whether it's spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who's got it wrong.Now I can't wait to get started and find some amazing talent."

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Louis Walsh and Conor McGregor - Celebrities leave the RTE studios - Dublin, Ireland - Friday 30th May 2014

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Louis Walsh Set To Launch All-New Boyband In 2014


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Louis Walsh will launch his latest pop creation in 2014, with the Irish music mogul announcing his plans to oversee the launch of a new boyband in the new year. Speaking with The Mirror, the x factor judge said that he will be launching a band consisting entirely of new faces, having auditioned thousands of potential stars in the process.

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Walsh will hope that his new boyband will be more successful than Union J

"I'm doing a brand new boy band that will be ready to go next year," Walsh told the paper. He continued, "They're going to rehearse for the month of January, see the record companies in February and take it from there. No familiar faces, all new kids that have never been on a talent show or anything. I auditioned a thousand!"

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Louis Walsh Hints On Not Quitting X-Factor After This Season


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Louis Walsh has publically stated that this year's X-Factor (2013) will be his but the Irish talent judge seems to have had a change of heart.

This past summer, Walsh announced after 10 years of been on the judging panel he was finally going to step away from the talent show, he told BBC's Radio 1's NewsBeat, "I'm happy this is going to be my last year. I've been judging X Factor for 10 years so I've done it all."

However, this doesn't seem to be the case anymore as the 61 year-old hinted that he may have changed his mind whilst appearing on ITV's 'The Jonathon Ross Show'.

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Louis Walsh Considering 'X Factor' Future U-Turn: "I'm Having So Much Fun"


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X Factor judge Louis Walsh was all but set to exit the ITV talent contest when he announced this summer that the current series would be his last, saying "I need my life back" after his ten year stint on the reality show.

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Louis Walsh Reconsiders His 'X Factor' Exit.

However, the 61 year-old Irish entertainment manager has now sheepishly revealed in an interview with TV host Jonathan Ross that he hasn't had his X Factor fill just yet. Walsh was asked about his comments this summer and whether he really was leaving the show. "Well, I said I was. But I'm having so much fun this year, I might stay," he said.

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Louis Walsh "Happy" To Leave 'The X Factor' To Manage Again


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Louis Walsh has confirmed he will be leaving The X Factor after this season and that he is "happy" with his decision to leave the ever-popular reality series behind him.

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Louis Walsh at The X Factor auditions at Wembley Arena, London.

Speaking to TV Times magazine, he said he is looking forward to returning to his role as a manager. On his decision to leave he said "I'm happy this is going to be my last year. I've been judging X-Factor for 10 years so I've done it all."

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Louis Walsh - Celebrities spotted outside RTE Radio Centre - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 31st July 2013

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Nicole Scherzinger Steals The Show As X-Factor Kicks Off In London [Pictures]


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Fans whooped with delight as X Factor judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger arrived on the red carpet outside Wembley Arena. 2013 marks Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon's first return as a judge on the panel in six years, whilst Nicole, Louis and Gary all returning from last series.

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Nicole Scherzinger Wowed In A Hot Pink Shirt.

As reported by the Press Association via The Independent, Take That's Gary Barlow described Sharon's return as mingling with "royalty," showing his excitement to be working alongside the Black Sabbath manager: "It's great fun, and she's unpredictable and you can't plan for anything. But it's great and it's really good to have her back," He also added that already battle lines were being drawn between the four judges, with Sharon and Louis tending to take sides against him and Nicole, describing the split as "artists versus managers."

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Liam McKenna - Judges arrive on the last day of auditions for Louis Walsh's new Irish boyband, The Button Factory, Temple Bar - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 21st May 2013

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Liam McKenna - Louis Walsh hosts auditions for Ireland's next big boyband to rival One Direction at The Button Factory in Temple Bar - Dublin, Ireland - Sunday 19th May 2013

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X Factor - It's Time To Face The Musical! Gets The £6m Go Ahead


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With Harry Hill at the helm of the script for The X Factor musical, it could have been a truly terrible concept if it weren't for his injection of intelligent comedy. Expeced to be a mocking parody of the show and its most iconic characters, Hill described the desired approach to the show as "at times scathing, without being cynical."

The story is about an 18 year old girl called Chenice who is completely oblivious to the X Factor due to her Grandfather's iron lung which blocks ITV's signals... that's as much as we know. However, one can assume that she stumbles into an audition, is either incredible or terrible and an adventure ensues. Sound about right? 

Managing director of Stage Entertainment UK, who are co-producing the play, Rebecca Quigley, said that it's going to be "quite a wacky big show." It will feature 19 new songs and recognizable personalities from the well loved series, including Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell, plus "others you might recognise, but who have different names." 

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X-Factor's Chris Maloney Gets His Gran To Shout At The Bullies


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The X-Factor has been a bit of a joke this yeah, hasn't it? Rylan Clark, with his monstrous lack of talent and baffling level of ignorance managed to go far; too far, while Christopher Maloney has managed to still be in the running despite having little to no potential to sell records. He's got his Gran to have a go at people like us.  

"Those comments, they might as well say them to me - they're cutting me in two even worse," she explained, according to The Sun. "It's a tactic, I think. It's one way of swaying the votes. It's like bullying. Nobody else on the show gets those comments." She added: "I'm behind Christopher all the way but it's killing me doing it." Granny Pat got pretty annoyed last week when Christopher gave a good performance but still came in for criticism. She said: "I could cry sometimes. Even when they do say he has sung well they criticise something else, like the dancers behind them last week. He didn't pick the dancers." Poor nan, we know how she feels, but the truth is, even though Maloney is trying his hardest; he's easily the least talented act left in the competition, and that's only because Rylan's gone.

This weekend's X-Factor fun sees Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur, Union J and of course, Granny's boy, Christopher Maloney gunning it out for a place in the final. 

Louis Walsh, Tanya Macintosh and The X Factor - Louis Walsh and celebrity hugger Tanya Macintosh Sunday 14th October 2012 'The X Factor' judges outside C London restaurant, after earlier appearing on the live show

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Louis Walsh Thursday 6th May 2010 The funeral of RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

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