Earlier this week, Louis appeared to suggest that he won’t be returning to the panel, and Simon Cowell has only confirmed that himself and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are returning to the show.
According to Ladbrokes, singer Louis could make his debut as a judge in the next series, which is due to kick off in the Autumn.
The bookies’ spokesperson Alex Donohue explains: "Walsh has been dropping hints for years but it finally looks like all retirement bets are off.
“When it comes to his replacement, the odds suggest One Direction may lose another member.”
Louis is already believed to have scored another talent show judging spot, as he’s set to appear on the panel of the new show ‘Be In A Band’.
Louis looks set to exit the show
Back in January, it was reported that Louis was branching out, when he started his own company, 78 Productions Limited.
Now, with One Direction’s future in doubt, it could be the perfect time for him to try something new.
He will face competition from the ‘X Factor’ job though, and other stars tipped to be taking Louis’ seat include Robbie Williams, Olly Murs or his former bandmate Zayn Malik.
Check out the full list of odds from Ladbrokes below:
Louis Tomlinson 7/4
Robbie Williams 2/1
Olly Murs 8/1
Zayn Malik 12/1
Gary Barlow 12/1
Michael Buble 33/1
Noel Gallagher 66/1
Jeremy Clarkson 100/1