Louis Walsh exclusive: Simon ‘needs to come back’ to X Factor

The X Factor judge Louis Walsh says creator Simon Cowell ‘needs to come back’ to his show.

Louis revealed in the latest issue of TV Times magazine that this will be his last year on the long-running ITV talent show, which has been showing signs of ageing in recent years.

Louis said: “X Factor will always be a massively big show, but I think Simon needs to come back. If he returns the show can go on for ever.”

But the Daily Mirror reported today that Simon has dropped plans to make a brief return to The X Factor this autumn, reportedly because of the publicity surrounding the rumoured baby he’s expecting with New York socialite Laura Silverman.

Louis said that he’d had a ‘fantastic run’ on The X Factor.

“You have to know when to go,” he said. “It was never in my plan to be on TV, but Simon put me there. I’m very grateful to him, but I need my life back!”

The 61-year-old  Irish judge – who mentored acts including series two winner Shayne Ward, boy band JLS and Jedward – added that he wanted to return to the day job.

“I’m going to be manage Shane Filan from Westlife and I’m putting together a new boy band.”

Sharon Osbourne also recently announced she’ll be leaving the long-running ITV hit series after her one-off return this year.

A spokesperson for The X Factor said: “It’s too early for us to be thinking about the 2014 judging line up.”