29/03/2015 06:42 BST | Updated 29/03/2015 06:59 BST

Louis Walsh Next For 'X Factor' Axe, Days After Dermot O'Leary Announces He Won't Return As Presenter?

It sounds as though Dermot O'Leary isn't the only familiar face who won't be returning to 'The X Factor' this year, with new reports suggesting that Louis Walsh could be next for the chop.


Louis has been an 'X Factor' judge on the show for every series across its 11-year run, briefly getting the sack back in 2007, only for Simon Cowell to change his mind and get him back on the panel at the last minute.

However, it would now appear that the music mogul has had quite a change of heart, and is hoping to ditch Louis from the panel in the hope of injecting some fresh life into the show.

Louis Walsh

A source tells the Daily Star Sunday: "Simon is planning major changes for this year's 'X Factor' and one of them is getting rid of Louis.

"It is not 100% finalised yet, but Simon knows he needs to make the show current and credible and Louis no longer ticks that box."

Among the potential replacements for Louis is Robbie Williams, who has acted as a guest mentor at judges' house several times in the past.

Robbie Williams

It was claimed last week by one of the show's producers that only one judge's space on the panel was safe, and that was Simon's, in a bid to shake up the show and breathe new life into 'The X Factor'.

The newspaper's source added: "Simon will be coming back but Cheryl and Mel will have to fight for their seats.”

It was reported on Saturday that Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, who previously co-hosted 'The Xtra Factor' together, were being brought back to replace the recently-departed Dermot.

We've also had a few thoughts about who we'd like to see taking over his presenting job…

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