Louis Walsh has reportedly told friends he is worried that the new series of The X Factor will "crumble to pieces" as Simon Cowell focuses on the launch of the new US version. According to a pal of the Irish music mogul, Cowell is driving both Louis and Dannii "crazy" by neglecting the original UK programme.
Louis is said to have told a friend about Simon Cowell and the new series: "He’s driving me insane! The show is going to crumble to pieces. I am meant to have a two-year contract but the way things are going I could be gone, too.
"None of us have a clue if we’re going to be back for the new series or if the new series will even go ahead. We’re in total limbo.”
Louis Walsh revealed last week no plans had been made for the new series, but he expected to return to the panel with Dannii and two new judges this year.
Meanwhile a show source told FemaleFirst: "Louis is really uptight about the whole thing. So is Dannii. Neither of them are happy with what’s happening.
“They feel Simon is obsessed with the American project now and he has no passion for what’s going on in the UK. It’s like there’s a big axe hanging over all their heads. Louis thinks the show could be ruined here.
“As if that wasn’t bad enough, Simon is only communicating with Cheryl over the whole thing. She’s the only one who seems to know what’s going on and that’s driving Louis and Dannii mad.”
Auditions for The X Factor start next month.