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Robbie Williams favourite to replace Louis Walsh

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.

Robbie Williams performing during a solo concert
Robbie Williams performing during a solo concert Credit: Press Association

Keep up to date with the latest X Factor news ahead of the news series on the X Factor website.

Louis Walsh quitting X Factor after next series

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 seen at this year's open auditions for X Factor in Wembley
Louis Walsh seen at this year's open auditions for X Factor in Wembley Credit: Press Association

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."

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Louis Walsh case 'highlights issue for Leveson to address'

The lawyer for X Factor judge Louis Walsh has said that his client's case highlights a "fundamental problem" that he hopes Lord Justice Leveson's report will address.

Speaking after Walsh won more than £400,000 in damages in a defamation case against News Group Newspapers, lawyer Paul Tweed said:

The serious consequences of worldwide dissemination online of a defamatory story is a fundamental problem which Lord [Justice] Leveson's report, to be published tomorrow in the UK, will hopefully address on the principle that prevention is always better than cure.

– Paul Tweed, lawyer for louis walsh

Louis Walsh story 'should never have been published'

Louis Walsh's lawyer said after today's verdict that the story about his client "should never have been published".

Paul Tweed confirmed that Walsh would be paid damages of more than £400,000 along with his legal costs.

He added that the case highlights the "serious damage that can be inflicted on an individual ... by the publication of totally unfounded allegations which, in the age of the internet, can circumnavigate the globe in a matter of seconds."

Louis Walsh 'relieved' but still 'angry' about his ordeal

Louis Walsh on his way into court today Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Speaking outside Dublin High Court, Louis Walsh said he would not have wished what happened to him on his worst enemy.

"I'm very relieved," he said.

"This has had a terrible effect on me guys. It was all lies.

"And I'm very satisfied with this total vindication for me, but I remain very angry at the treatment I received at the hands of The Sun."

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