Louis Walsh is being dropped by The X Factor yet again – as Simon Cowell appears to be attempting the ‘third time lucky’ approach to getting rid of the ageing music manager for good.
Since the very first episode aired way back in September 204, 67-year-old Louis has held (and lost) a seat on the judging panel, offering his insight, wisdom, and accidental comedy statements to the music competition.
In series four, in 2007, Louis narrowly survived being axed from the show when choreographer Brian Friedman was drafted in to replace the Westlife manager, only for him to be reinstated when co-judge Sharon Osborne begged Simon to welcome Louis back.
But it was a different story in 2015, when Louis was axed from the show and replaced with Rita Ora.
And while he was back in 2016, he lost his seat again in 2018 as Robbie Williams’ wife Asda Field was drafted in to replace him.
After surviving the 2019 celebrity competition – and for the first time in 14 years – Louis was the winning mentor as TOWIE star Megan McKenna won the contest.
But that celebratory feeling has already been cut short as it has been revealed Louis won’t be back for X Factor: The Band which is due to air this month.
Instead, Simon and fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger will be the only two judges on the show – with Louis left out in the cold once again.
“Louis had a fantastic time on X Factor : Celebrity and was confident he would be back for The Band,” a source told The Sun on Sunday.
“He obviously has a lot of experience working with bands such as Westlife. But Simon had other ideas. He felt it would make more sense to have him mentoring the boys and Nicole looking after the girls. Louis was offered a role as an adviser,” they continued.
A show source has attempted to silence any speculation that there could be a fresh fall out between Simon and Louis after the Irishman refused to be reduced to only an advisor.
“Louis respects the producers’ decision and knows they do what is best for the show. There is certainly no bad blood or fallout,” the spokesperson said.
X Factor: The Band is due to air over one week – kicking off on Monday 9 December on ITV.
While the Celebrity version of the series came to a climactic end on Saturday night – with allegations of the final being a ‘fix’ being thrown as Megan McKenna won.
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