Louis Walsh reveals Simon Cowell talked him out of doing I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The former X Factor judge admits he met with the show, but Cowell warned him it would ruin his credibility

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Louis Walsh was considering going into the jungle for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! until former X Factor boss Simon Cowell talked him out of it. 

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“I was supposed to be doing it. I met them three times, I was nearly going … Simon told me he didn’t think it would be good for my credibility. He actually talked me out of it. Otherwise I was going to do it,” Louis told RTÉ Ten

It would have been quite the X Factor reunion, too, with former choreographer Brian Friedman and Union J band member George Shelley both among the current set of campers. 

But while Louis opted to give it a miss this year, he isn’t ruling it out completely. 

“I might do I’m A Celebrity next year. I’m going to keep the door open.”

Not that he doesn’t have reservations of his own: “It depends who you’re in with, but then they don’t tell you who you’re going to be in with. And you’re in Australia for three weeks, no food, no sleep, people you don’t like. I can’t swim. I don’t like bugs, I don’t like spiders, I’d be totally out of my comfort zone. Totally!”

Sounds like great TV to us…

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues tonight at 9:00pm on ITV