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The Irish judge has branded the former Girls Aloud star “irrelevant and lazy” as he launched a scathing attack on her.
Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Louis Walsh
“Cheryl wasn’t great last year. She’s sometimes lazy and lacks energy,” he told heat magazine.
“I know people say the same about me, but apart from anything, I am fun and I have a rapport with Simon [Cowell].”
Louis and Cheryl have a complicated history
“Personally, I’d rather have Mel B on the panel, I love her - but that’s not going to happen. I’d like to see Nicole back and I reckon Simon would, but I don’t suppose Cheryl would work with her.
“If I had my dream girl to pick for that panel it would be Sharon Osbourne, because she’s fun. She knows her stuff and she’s not frightened to say it,” he added.
Louis also appeared to confirm reports that Simon is planning on a four person panel made up of three males and Cheryl for the new series.
But a report at the weekend claimed Grimmy had been told to calm his partying ways by Simon if he wanted to secure his place on the show.
A big shake-up of the show has already seen host Dermot O’Leary replaced by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, and ‘Xtra Factor’ presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford axed.
The full panel is expected to be announced next month, when the show begins filming the judges round of auditions.