X Factor: War of words for Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
A war of words has erupted between Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini after he branded the star "lazy".
Walsh is not returning to the X Factor judging panel this year, and asked about whether he would like to see the former Girls Aloud star back in her seat he was dismissive.
He told Heat magazine: "Cheryl wasn't great last year, she's sometimes lazy and lacks energy. She needs to give more, she can give so much more.
"She's irrelevant these days. I know people say the same about me, but apart from anything, I am fun and I have a rapport with Simon.
"Personally, I'd rather have Mel B on the panel. I love her - but that's not going to happen."
The singer hit back on her Twitter feed, writing: "I am beginning to wonder if Louis has some kind of an obsession with me..
"I mean this is every year whether I am or am not a part of the show and btw," she added "this is the same man asking me what he should say to contestants on our way to the stage because 'he doesn't know' ."
She added: "Dear Lou Lou. Try using your mouth to say something positive about something positive."