Louis Walsh says there will be two new judges on the UK’s version of X Factor when the series returns.
Show creator Simon Cowell is busy preparing a massive launch for his hit show in America and has given Cheryl Cole a wink of approval to join him.
But, with the schedules clashing, it was originally thought the judges would fly back and forth to appear on both shows. Although that now doesn’t seem to be the case!
Louis said: “I think it will be me and Dannii on the UK show with two more people.
“I haven’t been asked (to be on X Factor US) and I don’t think I’m going to be. I’m just happy if I get the UK show.”
It will mean a massive shake-up of the show when the eighth series appears back on television screens. And it echoes the replacement of Simon and Piers Morgan on the judging panel for the new series of Britain’s Got Talent with David Hasselhoff and Michael Mcintyre.
The Irish musical mogul, who manages Westlife and Jedward, also confirmed Cheryl’s true feelings towards American danger Derek Hough.
He said: “Cheryl is great. She was in South Africa with her boyfriend.”
Hilarious Louis also admits he prefers fellow judge Dannii Minogue. “I think Dannii is my number one but it kind of changes from season to season,” he laughed. “Dannii was bit of an ice queen on season one but as I got to know her, and she had her baby, and she is a really nice woman. She’s tough. And she’s Kylie’s sister so she’s got all that type stuff to live up to.”
And, speaking on The Late Late Show in Ireland, Louis said he doesn’t believe that Simon will ever get married to fiancée Mezghan Hussainy – because he’s already married to himself.
“I don’t believe he’s ever going to get married. I really, really don’t,” Louis said. “Simon loves himself and he doesn’t have time for anyone else. He’s got a lovely girlfriend and she really is too good for him. I don’t think the hours would suit him getting married. You can only fit one person in front of the mirror!”
He also confirmed that his act Mary Byrne from this year’s competition has signed a record deal with Sony and will be recording her debut album with producer Nigel Wright who previously worked Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts.
Words: Natalie Edwards