Louis is coming back! Walsh is the latest judge confirmed to return to The X Factor panel
11:46 GMT, 3 May 2012
Louis Walsh is the latest judge confirmed to be returning to the X Factor panel.
Following the news that Gary Barlow would be on the show for a second year, a press release today confirmed that Louis would be returning for what will be his record-breaking ninth-year.
After his return was revealed, Louis said: 'I’m back! It’s my ninth year on the show and as the only remaining
original judge I’m delighted to take my seat once more on the judging
Louis is coming back! Walsh is the latest judge to be confirmed as returning to The X Factor panel for this year's show
Simon Cowell added: 'The show wouldn’t be the same without Louis, I am really happy he is
Record breaker: It will be Louis' ninth year on the ITV talent show
'I hope he has an opportunity this year to show what an
astute manager he is.'
However, fellow judge Gary said he wouldn't be letting Louis take the top spot on the panel, writing on his Twitter page today: 'I hear there's a lovely lad from Ireland joining me on #XFactor.
'Congrats Louis! One of these years you'll be head judge '
Following the news of Louis' return, Peter Fincham, ITV’s Director of Television, said: 'Louis is, quite
simply, an X Factor institution. It's great to have him back for this
It remains to be seen whether last year's judge Tulisa Contostavlos will return to the panel.
Kelly Rowland recently announced that she wouldn't be coming back for this year's show, due to other commitments, leaving a space open on the panel.
And in a recent interview, Tulisa said she would be keen to see the return of one of the show's former judges, Dannii Minogue.
She said: 'I used to watch X Factor before I got on
the panel, so I always thought Dannii was great and I enjoyed watching
her, so I'm sure we'd get along really well.'
Asked if she would be returning this year, Tulisa said: 'It looks likely. I know nothing.'
Other names who have been mentioned for the role include Lily Allen, but the official panel is expected to be announced this month.
The Judges Auditions Tour starts later in the spring.
Hilarious: Gary Barlow, who has also been confirmed for the panel, congratulated Louis on his return on his Twitter, but said he wouldn't be coming back as head judge