Louis Walsh names his new pet cat after new X Factor pal Tulisa!

Louis Walsh

We've known for a while now that Louis Walsh and new X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos have really hit off on the show, and now Louis has taken their friendship one step further. According to the Daily Star, the Irish music mogul has named his new pet cat after the N-Dubz singer!

The paper claims he felt the gesture would show Tulisa's catty personality and reveal how she could “get scratchy during the programme".

But the other judges cracked up when Louis confessed that the cat was actually male!

A show insider explained: “Louis wanted to name his cat Tulisa because he thinks she is a pussy cat. But he has also seen her show her claws at some contestants.”

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He told them: “I think my cat’s a boy," before joking: “I’d better call it Gary now!”

A show source added: “Everyone was in fits. Poor Tulisa was gutted her namesake ended up being a fella.”

Tulisa and Louis have become great friends since the 2011 series of the show started in June, with Tulisa previously saying: "To tell you the truth I’m getting on mostly with Louis Walsh. He’s my best friend, my new BFF – I love him. Me and him get on like a house on fire."

Louis meanwhile praised the hip-hop star, at the expense of former judge Cheryl Cole! He said: "Tulisa has been doing a great job and has fitted into the panel so well," he said. “Tulisa has that girl-next-door appeal that Cheryl had – and I’d say she’s better.”

Louis added: "What I really like about her is that she is not needy at all. People have been reading a lot about Tulisa, that she’s this and that, but I can tell you she’s so down to earth and normal.”

The X Factor 2011 starts on Saturday.

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