Simon Cowell on a possible X Factor return for Louis Walsh: “I don’t know what’s going to happen”

"I couldn't just bring him back... I do like the idea of maybe having a guest judge, something like that, that’s a possibility”

Simon Cowell appears to be between a rock and a hard place after replacing former X Factor judge Louis Walsh on the panel this year, but is still considering bringing him back during live shows


“What’s so weird is that when he was on the show I’d always have people complaining about him, now he’s gone it’s like ,‘why isn’t he there’. So I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Cowell told Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid. 

But it looks like the idea of a live show return – in some sort of ‘guest judge’ role – is still on the table. 

“I couldn’t just bring him back. I do like the idea of maybe having a guest judge, something like that, that’s a possibility.”

Reid joked Walsh would need another chair at the end of the judges’ desk to which Cowell replied: “Yeah or in the middle.” 

Of his new judges – Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and pop star Rita Ora – the boss said he’s impressed. 

“I like them. I mean they settled in really quickly. The truth is Susanna that when you replace someone like Louis it takes a while for people to get used to the person they’ve really, really liked for 10 years so regardless who was going to come in and take his role there was always, ‘well you’re not Louis’ and you’ve got to give people a little bit of time, but now I’ve got to know him [Nick] as a friend,” Cowell explained. 

“He’s passionate, he’s fun, loves the job, very different from Louis, but I think he’s doing a good job. And Rita I think is fantastic.”


The X Factor continues with Judges’ Houses this Saturday (from 8:00pm) and Sunday (from 7:30pm) on ITV