Louis Walsh slams new X Factor panel and suggests Simon Cowell is too old for the show

Play nicely now, Louis

Louis Walsh

by Owen Tonks |
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Louis Walsh was axed from the X Factor this year after 11 years on the show and he’s not impressed with the talent competition now he’s left – he’s slammed the judging panel and has hit out at Simon Cowell because of his age.

Music manager Louis has been replaced by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora has stepped into former Spice Girl Mel B’s big platform shoes on the panel.

And while Louis is impressed with singer Rita, he’s still unsure about his replacement, Nick.

According to the Daily Star Sunday, he said: “I’m not sure about Grimshaw. I haven’t seen much of him. People don’t like change and I think they miss [former host] Dermot [O'Leary] and maybe some people miss me. The new panel needs time to bed in.”


Louis also thinks Simon’s clichéd comments are getting on viewers’ nerves and that his age may be counting against him, saying: “He’s the oldest on the panel now so that may be affecting him.”

The Irishman was rumoured to be returning to the show for the judges’ houses section of the series but he’s not impressed One Direction star Louis Tomlinson may also be making an appearance.

He said: “He’s the least popular member of One Direction, so I’m not sure.”

However, Louis says he would go back to the show if he was invited back and a fun panel of judges was set to appear.

And he’s also been on the phone to Simon discussing how the current series could be improved.

Louis said: “I spent an hour on the phone with him. But that’s not unusual. We often talk about the show. If I can help, I will.

“I think the ratings will improve during the live shows, they always do. I still watch every show.

“They have to find a credible winner this year. I expect Simon will roll out the big guns during the live episodes.

“The big stars still line up to be on this show.”

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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