Robbie Williams Set To Replace Louis Walsh On The X Factor Judging Panel?

Earlier this week Dermot O’Leary announced that he wouldn’t be returning for the next series of The X Factor after eight long years of presenting the show, and now it looks like veteran judge, Louis Walsh, could also be facing the boot.


Word on the street is that the 62-year-old, who has been a constant judge on the show since it began way back in 2004, is being ousted in favour of Take That star Robbie Williams, and we’re not entirely sure how we feel about it to be honest.

An insider told The Daily Star: “Simon Cowell is planning major changes for this year’s X Factor and one of them is getting rid of Louis.

“It is not 100% finalised yet but Simon knows he needs to make the show current and credible and Louis no longer ticks that box.

“It is hard for him personally as they are great friends. But the decision is all but done.”

Ouch, need we remind you what happened last time you sacked Lou, Si? Back in ’07 when you replaced him with Brian Friedman only to beg him to come back after a couple of weeks?

Just what we thought.

The source continued: “Everyone in power has agreed it is time Louis went.

“Simon will be coming back but Cheryl and Mel will have to fight for their seats.”

Sounds a bit like ITV’s version of The Hunger games, doesn’t it?

Alongside 41-year-old Robbie, 23-year-old Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is a hot favourite to take a spot on the judging panel this year after a guest appearance on new talent show ‘Be In The Band’.

Despite how much we want this to be true the little case of One Direction’s mahoosive world tour that takes place while the show is filming probably makes it more than likely that Lou’s pretty face won’t be becoming a permanent X Factor fixture… Well, not yet anyways…

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