Simon Cowell hails Louis Walsh as 'most popular person in country'
Forget the Queen and move over Mary Berry, you are not the most popular people in the country.
Simon Cowell says that accolade belongs to his former X Factor co-judge Louis Walsh.
The pop mogul hailed the Irishman, who is reported to be making a return as a guest judge in some of the X Factor's live shows.
Cowell told the Sun: "I spoke to Louis and I said, 'I don't know what has happened but you are suddenly the most popular person in this country'. And he said, 'I know'.
"I can't explain it. I think people obviously miss him. For Louis' sake it has been good for him not being on the show and seeing how much people like him."