'X Factor' Boss Simon Cowell: 'I Want Louis Walsh Back As A Judge... But Cheryl Cole Doesn't'


Simon Cowell has admitted that Louis Walsh's future on 'The X Factor' may be in jeopardy, as Cheryl Cole - who is returning to the series after a break of three years - doesn't want the Irish judge to return to the show.

Louis has previously said that he's confident he'll be returning to 'The X Factor' - having been on a judge on every series of the show since it began in 2014 - but it's now thought Cheryl would rather his job went to someone else.

Simon Cowell

Speaking to OK! about the future of the judging panel, Simon said: "I want Louis to come back to 'The X Factor' - but Cheryl doesn't."

Cheryl and Louis have something of a history, he was the original manager of Girls Aloud after they won 'Popstars: The Rivals' back in 2002, but they ended up ditching him after they felt he wasn't doing enough for them.

Louis Walsh

Kimberley Walsh addressed the issue in her book 'A Whole Lot Of History', writing: "Louis has just never really been a hands-on type of manager, and back then we suffered because of it.

"Whatever the case, his disappearing act meant we had nobody looking after us and nobody fighting our corner as far as record company decisions went."

Cheryl has previously said she would prefer it if a "strong woman" joined her as a judge when the show returns to screens later this year.

Simon also spoke to OK! about being a new dad, describing his son Eric as "a little sweetheart". However, he admitted that he's yet to change a nappy, claiming: "I'm still thinking about it!"

Read the full story in this week's OK! magazine, out now.

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