Louis Walsh reveals what he REALLY thinks of the new series of The X Factor

He was the longest running judge

Louis Walsh

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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We're now into the second week of the new series of The X Factor, with the new judging line-up, including One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, husband and wife Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams, and returning judge Simon Cowell. However, one favourite judge, Louis Walsh, is nowhere to be seen after it was announced earlier this year that he will not be returning to the show.

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Now, Louis has revealed in an interview what he really thinks of the new series of the show, despite feeling a bit 'depressed' over leaving the show, he told Best magazine, “In the end I’m happy, because I got paid.

"But I will miss being on the show. I loved that job. I did it for 13 years and never once looked at it as a proper job."

As Louis mentions in the interview, he DID get paid, and it's now been revealed that he received a massive £1 million payout.

In June this year it was confirmed that the show's longest serving judge would be stepping down with Louis saying at the time, "I've had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I'm ready to leave."

The following month it was confirmed that Louis Tomlinson, Robbie and Ayda would be joining the series.

Now take a look at all of The X Factor winners' singles:

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The X Factor winners' singles

Steve Brookstein - 'Against All Odds'1 of 15
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2004: Steve Brookstein - 'Against All Odds' (Over 25s)

Steve Brookstein's winning single debuted at Number 2 in the UK charts behind Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas', the following week it went to Number 1.

Shayne Ward - 'That's My Goal'2 of 15
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2005: Shayne Ward - 'That's My Goal' (16–24s)

Shayne Ward was the second winner of the competition and released an original song - whereas most winners released the covers. 'That's My Goal' became the fastest-selling song of 2005!

Leona Lewis - 'A Moment Like This'3 of 15
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2006: Leona Lewis - 'A Moment Like This' (16–24s)

According to reports, 1 million copies of the single were pre-ordered by stores and it was downloaded 50,000 times within 30 minutes of being available online! It reached Number 1 in both the UK singles and download charts.

Leon Jackson - 'When You Believe'4 of 15
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2007: Leon Jackson - 'When You Believe' (Boys)

The single was another successful winners' single getting to Number 1 in the UK and becoming a Christmas Number 1.

Alexandra Burke - 'Hallelujah'5 of 15
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2008: Alexandra Burke - 'Hallelujah' (Girls)

Alexandra's 'Hallelujah' became a Christmas Number 1 for the fifth X Factor winner.

Joe McElderry - 'The Climb'6 of 15
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2009: Joe McElderry - 'The Climb' (Boys)

After winning the competition, Joe McElderry's version of 'The Climb' went to Number 1 in the UK. The song was a cover of the Miley Cyrus song which was also released in the same year and featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Matt Cardle - 'When We Collide'7 of 15
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2010: Matt Cardle - 'When We Collide' (Boys)

Matt Cardle won the seventh series of The X Factor and released his cover of 'When We Collide' (original title - 'Many of Horror'). The song reached Number 1 in the UK and became the second bestselling single of 2010.

Little Mix - 'Cannonball'8 of 15
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2011: Little Mix - 'Cannonball' (Groups)

They might be releasing Number 1 songs here, there and everywhere, but back in 2011 Little Mix won The X Factor and released 'Cannonball'. Unlike past winner's singles, the song wasn't released during the week of the popular Christmas Number 1 battle. The song debuted at Number 1 becoming the fastest-selling single of the year.

James Arthur - 'Impossible'9 of 15
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2012: James Arthur - 'Impossible' (Boys)

James Arthur's cover of 'Impossible' was released immediately after he won the ninth series of The X Factor. The single became the fastest-selling winning single from The X Factor!

Sam Bailey - 'Skyscraper'10 of 15
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2013: Sam Bailey - 'Skyscraper' (Over 25s)

'Skyscraper', originally sung by Demi Lovato was released by 2013's X Factor winner, Sam Bailey. The song became a Christmas Number 1 with all proceeds from the single going to Great Ormond Street Hospital and Together for Short Lives.

Ben Haenow - 'Something I Need'11 of 15
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2014: Ben Haenow - 'Something I Need' (Over 25s)

Once again The X Factor winner hit the top spot for Christmas in 2014.

Louisa Johnson - 'Forever Young'12 of 15
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2015: Louisa Johnson - 'Forever Young' (Girls)

Louisa Johnson released her version of 'Forever Young' however, unlike many of the previous winners' singles it didn't make the top spot, only reaching Number 9 in the UK.

Matt Terry - 'When Christmas Comes Around'13 of 15
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2016: Matt Terry - 'When Christmas Comes Around' (Boys)

Written by none-other than Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge, 'When Christmas Comes Around' was The X Factor's second ever original song to be released as the winner's single. It debuted at Number 3 in the UK.

Rak-Su - 'Dimelo'14 of 15
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2017: Rak-Su - 'Dimelo' (Groups)

'Dimelo' was yet another original single to be released as an X Factor winners' single. It reached Number 2 in the UK, being kept off the top spot by Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect'.

Dalton Harris - 'The Power of Love'15 of 15
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2018: Dalton Harris featuring James Arthur - 'The Power of Love'

This comes just a week after fellow ex-judge Sharon Osbourne revealed what she really thought of the new series and she didn't hold back! Sharon, who is due to return to The X Factor panel for the live shows, called Simon a, "F---ing pain in the a---" saying he "will do whatever" to get his "f---ing fat face on TV".

During the interview, Sharon was asked who she would save on a sinking boat and she responded saying she'd 'put a brick around his neck and throw him over'! Sharon also revealed that she has a clause written into her contract, which states she must be paid as much as the highest-paid judges!

It wasn't just Simon who found himself a target of the interview, it was also this year's X Factor hopefuls. The former X Factor judge said, "I don't have to have those kids singing in my face. Those little sh--s. They all suck. It is like, 'Hey is this f---ing karaoke or what?'"

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The X Factor returns at 8pm on Saturday.

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