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Robbie Williams has already emerged as favourite to replace Louis Walsh when he quits X Factor after the next series. The singer currently leads the betting at Ladbrokes with odds of 6/1.
Former guest judges Rita Ora and Mel B have been given odds of 7/1, or it's an 8/1 shot that Simon Cowell or Cheryl Cole will rejoin the panel.
Keep up to date with the latest X Factor news ahead of the news series on the X Factor website.
Louis Walsh will bow out of the X Factor after the next series. The 61-year-old has been part of the ITV show since it first launched in launched in 2004. Speaking to the TV Times he said: "I'm happy this is going to be my last year. I've been judging X Factor for 10 years so I've done it all."
Louis Walsh added: "It was never in my plan to be on TV but Simon (Cowell) put me there. I'm very grateful to him but I need my life back!. I'm going to be managing Shane Filan from Westlife and I'm putting together a new boyband."