Friedman: ‘Louis is definitely going to be back’

X Factor creative director Brian Friedman has said that he is trying to support Louis Walsh after Stephen Gately’s death and that the judge is “definitely going to be back” on the show.

Louis was absent from the ITV talent contest’s live shows last weekend after attending the Boyzone singer’s funeral in Dublin, but continued to give mentoring advice to his group acts over the phone.

Friedman said he was “trying to make him happy” and went on: “Louis is definitely going to be back, we’ve been talking about his song choices this week and I think they’re really good.”

He continued: “Louis has been involved, even though he’s been away he was still instrumental. He was still talking to his acts, he was still talking to me and making sure everything was going smooth and giving approval on all the things that I wanted to happen on stage.

“He loved John and Edward’s performance of Oops!… I Did It Again – he thought it was incredible.

The choreographer also revealed that he is frustrated by The X Factor studio’s new state-of-the-art stage as it limits how creative he can be when staging the contestants’ routines.

Friedman revealed: “Our new stage – it’s gorgeous, it’s massive but I can’t do anything on it.”

He added: “It definitely is limiting with the creativity which makes it more challenging to try to come up with ideas.”