Louis Walsh has revealed that he will quit The X Factor once the current series ends, stating he wants to focus on other projects.
“I’m happy this is going to be my last year. I’ve been judging X Factor for 10-years so I’ve done it all. It was never my plan to be on TV but Simon [Cowell] put me there. I’m very grateful to him but I need my life back” he told TV Times.
But Walsh already has plans for his life after The X Factor: “I’m going to be managing Shane Filan from Westlife and I’m putting together a new boyband”. Sounds good to us!
Louis successfully managed the careers of Westlife and Boyzone before moving to reality television. He began his TV career on Popstars: The Rivals before joining the first series of The X Factor as a judge alongside Sharon Osbourne and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell.
The panel has gone through major changes over the past nine years, but currently joining Louis are Take That star Gary Barlow, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne, who returned after a five-year hiatus.
Louis has mentored artists like The MacDonald Brothers, Wagner and the Irish sensations Jedward, who he also manages. His highest point in the show was mentoring Shayne Ward who took the winner’s crown.
The show’s live final airs in December. Current names being rumored to replace him include Robbie Williams, Rita Ora, Spice Girls Mel B and former judge Cheryl Cole.