Louis Walsh Joins Cole And Cowell On X Factor
Music manager Louis Walsh has agreed to return as a judge on the new series of The X Factor.
The 61-year-old previously said he was eager to join Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole on the judging panel for the 11th series of the TV talent show but had been negotiating his contract.
However, Walsh has now confirmed he has signed on the dotted line.
In an interview on the Colm Hayes show on Ireland's 2FM, he said: "I knew I was doing the show but I just signed the deal and I'm very happy with it.
"At my age you have to keep working."
There have been rumours that Cole, who is returning after a three-year absence, was not happy about working with Walsh.
Cowell previously said: "I'd love Louis to come back and do the show - it wouldn't be the same without him.
"Other people have different views, so we have to agree on it."
Spice Girl Mel B, who has previously made guest appearances on the show, is said to be the frontrunner for the remaining place on the judging panel.
Walsh said: "It has to be someone I like. I'd love it to be Sharon Osbourne but I don't think it's going to be her.
"There are all sorts of rumours going around.
"I think it could be Mel B from the Spice Girls. I love her and she's quite mad.
"She also did both the American and the Australian versions of X Factor."
Walsh admitted in the interview that becoming a father had "mellowed" Cowell but said he would not be trying to take his title as TV's Mr Nasty.
"I definitely don't want to be the hard guy," he said.
"I'm going to try to be the sunny guy and put all the Irish acts through."
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