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Louis Walsh: I’m glad I’m off X-Factor

Louis Walsh initially thought Nick Grimshaw was an odd X-Factor choice.

The Irish judge, who held his seat for ten years, will not be returning to the singing competition this year.

Louis saw countless judges come and go, like Sharon Osbourne, Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger. He'd always remained a constant, until now.

"I loved doing the show for ten years. I didn’t love it last year if I’m really honest with you. I liked it and it paid me well but I think I was just there too long and I was cracking up a bit," Louis admitted to RTE 2FM.

Revealing that it suits him to not be on the show anymore, Louis' exit has made way for new talent. Last year's first time judge Mel B will also not be returning, with Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw taking over the two seats. They'll join Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

"I spent a lot of time with Rita. She’s a funny, funny bunny. I would have got on well with her.

“I think Nick Grimshaw is going to be okay. I thought it was a strange choice originally. I thought it was going to be Lionel Richie, and that would have been a good call. I hope he works out, it’ll be tough during the live shows cause you really have to mentor them," Louis said of the radio DJ.

Louis' top judging line-up was when he was sat next to Sharon, Gary and Nicole, and the foursome would go out every Sunday after the live shows.

As for his favourite acts, the 63-year-old can't help but pick a few of his own.

“I loved Shayne Ward. I thought JLS were really nice people, they got it. They weren’t just there to be famous, they were brilliant to work with.

“Of course there were the car crashes. Jedward, Wagner. Mary Byrne was good. She had a good story, but sometimes, I cared more than they did which was hard," he said.

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