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Louis Walsh has the X Factor?

The X Factor is reportedly facing a shakeup, which could mean the return of Irish favourite Louis Walsh.

(Cover) - EN TV - Louis Walsh is being tipped to make a dramatic return to The X Factor in a bid to boost ratings.

The Irish music manager had been a part of every series of the TV talent show until this year (15), when he decided not to be involved. After a decade sitting in one of the judge’s seats he moved on, allowing Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw to join the line-up – also consisting of Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora. Unfortunately the programme hasn’t done as well as expected, and so a drastic change is reportedly being planned for the upcoming live shows.

“This is a complete bolt from the blue that no one expected. Louis is an X Factor legend and Simon wants him back for the live shows. They’re great friends,” an insider told Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

“He will be a neutral fifth judge who will sit in a special place away from the others to provide unbiased comments on the contestants.”

Simon is thought to be the driving force behind the decision. He and Louis have remained close even though they aren’t working together, and the music mogul is said to be concerned The X Factor has lost something special now Louis isn’t included. The Irish star was a big hit with fans and was renowned for making funny comments, and having giggling fits, during the programme.

“Louis could annoy a lot of people, but he was brilliant at creating the drama required to make a show like X Factor work,” another insider said.

“It’s all been too nice during the auditions this year. Grimmy (Nick Grimshaw) is popular backstage but viewers think he’s boring. It’s a massive coup for Louis who is also going to sign a deal with Simon to help launch Ireland’s Got Talent as a judge.”

It’s not just fans who have slammed the show; even some old contestants got in on the act. Girl band Little Mix were formed on the programme in 2011, consisting of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson. Although they have achieved worldwide success since then, this week (beg21Sep15) Jesy criticised it for being predictable and likened it to a movie which you have seen many times.

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