03/05/2012 07:33 BST

Louis Walsh Confirmed For X Factor Return

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We're not sure what dirt Louis Walsh has on Simon Cowell but it must be pretty blinkin' good. Surely that can be the only reason he's managed to keep his seat on this year's X Factor judging panel?

In the least exciting news of the week, ITV have confirmed that Louis will be returning to the show for a ninth year when it hits our screens in the summer. He'll be joining Gary Barlow on the judging panel, whose return was confirmed last month.

Speaking about his return, 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 panel.”

Hmmm, 'original' isn't exactly how we'd describe the same old comments ('you're very likable', 'you're a born popstar' etc etc) you come out with each week, Louis.

Still, Simon seems pleased he's back at least. “The show wouldn’t be the same without Louis," he said. "I am really happy he is coming back. I hope he has an opportunity this year to show what an astute manager he is.”