Louis Walsh ‘rejected HUGE I’m A Celebrity pay cheque in favour of return to X Factor as fifth judge’

We wish someone would offer is that much cash!

Louis Walsh

by Owen Tonks |
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Poor little Louis Walsh was brutally given the boot from the X Factor this year after 11 series on the show.

But it seems he’s still in demand by television bosses as he was reportedly offered a whopping £500,000 to appear on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! this year.

However, the Irish music manager REJECTED the big pay cheque in favour of returning to Simon Cowell’s talent contest as a neutral fifth judge for the live shows.

A source told the Daily Mirror: “Louis looked like he was in the wilderness. But now he is one of the most in-demand men in TV.

“ITV approached him months ago to do I’m A Celebrity. He turned them down but in recent weeks they have come in again for him with a huge money offer.

“He met them to discuss it but now Simon is offering a place back on X Factor it seems unlikely he will be heading to Australia.”


Louis was removed from the judging panel of ITV programme this year when bosses decided it needed an overhaul.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw was bought in as his replacement and singer Rita Ora replaced former Spice Girl Mel B to appear along existing judges Simon and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

But it has been reported ratings for the TV juggernaut have been flagging and it’s hoped the return of Louis could bring in more viewers.

A source recently told The Sun: “[Louis] will be neutral fifth judge who will sit in a special place away from the other judges to provide his own unbiased comments on the contestants.”

At least he won’t have to eat any kangaroo testicles...

GALLERY: X Factor London audition outfits


X Factor London auditions outfits

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Rochelle Humes

Mrs Humes looked amazing in her crisp white Iris + Ink playsuit teamed with leg-lengthening heels and a chic pony

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Rochelle Humes

Looking like she's stepped straight out of a '90s girl band in her cool American Apparel dungarees

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Chezza's loving her retro '60s vibes during the auditions so far, and her cute Miu Miu shift and matching pink heels look gorge on her

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl's Adam Lippes tuxedo dress may cost over £1k, but that's nothing compared to a lifetime of dry cleaning bills. Just beware of Nando's, eh Chez?

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Rita Ora

B*Witched would be soooo jealous of these denim co-ords. Rita continues to show off her risky fash sense on the red carpet

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Rita Ora

Poor Rita must've accidentally got stuck in a door or been attacked by a pack of dogs on the way to the auditions. We can think of no other possible explanation for that missing sleeve

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Caroline Flack

Working Beatnik chic in a cute striped top and leather mini

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Caroline Flack

Caz doesn't half love a boyish short and shirt combo. She picked up these snakey platforms for just £52 from Toppers!

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