09/10/2015 07:51 BST | Updated 09/10/2015 07:59 BST

‘X Factor': Simon Cowell ‘Lining Up A-List Guest Judges For Live Shows'

Simon Cowell is reportedly putting big plans into place for the ‘X Factor’ live shows, lining up a series of A-list guests.

The show is being given a huge shake-up this year, and the reports come following rumours that Louis Walsh would be returning to act as a special fifth judge.

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“The show is in good shape now with consolidated figures of around nine or ten million each week once you add in catch up TV. But as always with Simon, he wants more and thinks this could be a way to push the figures even higher," they state.

When contacted by Digital Spy, a spokesman for ‘X Factor’ said: “Plans for the live shows are still being finalised.”

The live shows are set to kick off later this month, following the completion of the six chair challenge and judges' houses stages.

Sadly for Simon (and ITV bosses), ‘X Factor’ lost out in the first ratings battle of the year last weekend, when more viewers tuned in to watch Iwan Thomas leave ‘Strictly’.