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 quitting X Factor

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 2004.