X Factor judge Louis Walsh has slated fellow panellist Dannii Minogue – saying she has been eclipsed by new X Factor judge Cheryl Cole.

Dannii publicly fell out with feisty judge Sharon Osbourne when the petite Australian singer joined the ITV1 show last year.

Sharon, who was replaced by Girls Aloud star Cheryl, claimed that Simon Cowell signed Kylie’s sister simply for her looks.

Dannii, whose chemistry with Simon put her in the limelight in the last series, hit back by saying that Sharon went out of her way to make her feel unwelcome on the X Factor.

Louis said of Simon: “He definitely flirted with Dannii throughout last year’s series. But he seems to have moved on. He’s flirting with Cheryl this year.”

Asked whether he had turned his attention to a ‘more attractive’ model, Louis told Heat magazine: “Yes, you might say that. He’s definitely paying attention to Cheryl now, not Dannii.”

Louis also said he thinks The X Factor, which is about to go head-to-head with the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show on Saturday nights, “can go for a few more years”.

He added: “As long as the public want it and we get the talent through the door, and as long as we get the figures.”