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Simon Cowell: Louis Walsh may pop up on X Factor

Simon Cowell aims to be fearless when it comes to making decisions for The X Factor.

(Cover) - EN TV - Simon Cowell isn't ruling out Louis Walsh returning to The X Factor, as he knows the public want him back.

Simon is back on the panel of the UK singing competition this year (15), with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also returning and Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora gracing it for the first time.

Irish music mogul Louis had been mentoring since the programme first hit screens in 2004, but revealed he wasn't returning for the 12th series. However, it seems Simon is keen to get him back for a small appearance.

"I wouldn't rule out anything..." Simon grinned to Press Association when quizzed on a recent Twitter post hinting at Louis making a cameo.

"And by the way, when I say these things, sometimes I'm thinking, I've got to ask about 25 people here, and half of them will go no, but I just put it out there anyway, because we like to try new things.

"And hopefully some things will be a surprise, but you've got to be fearless when you do these types of things, and you've got to have a sense of humour.

"If I thought the viewers would like to see him on some of the live shows, why not?"

Judge Nick made a name for himself on the radio, but has settled into the TV programme effortlessly. Simon has nothing but praise for the broadcaster and loves how the panel are working in harmony this year.

The businessman was speaking from the BRIT School in south London, attended by the likes of Adele, Jessie J and the late Amy Winehouse. And by the sounds of it, Simon wished he could have attended too.

"The second I pulled up I thought, why didn't I go to a school like this, I would have loved it, because I hated school so much," he sighed. "I was so bored, it was so dusty and old-fashioned. You walk in here, everyone's having fun, there's a good energy, you can tell they love being at the school, and just, enthusiasm and optimism."

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