Louis Walsh has joked that he's annoyed Gary Barlow has joined The X Factor as head judge, saying the Take That star stole his new role! Speaking ahead of the launch of the new series on Saturday, Louis added he had been given his fellow panellists plenty of advice.
Louis, who is spending his eighth year on the show, said: "I’ve given them all advice, whether they’ve listened and taken it is another matter!"
And he joked: "After eight years on the show and being the only surviving original judge I was expecting to be head judge this year, but on day one Gary stole my head judge mug and sat in Simon’s old seat… there’s always next year I suppose!"
But despite disagreements over who should be head judge, the Irish music mogul insisted: "The panel is working so well, there’s really good chemistry and energy between us all."
He continued: "It’s really the most fun I’ve ever had filming the show and I think it’s going to be a great series. I’ve always been a huge fan of Gary’s so it’s great to work with him, Kelly is a revelation and so passionate, she is definitely competitive so she’ll be the one to watch in the live shows."
However Louis did confess he had no idea who Tulisa was when she was announced a new judge on the show! But he added: "Now I feel like I have known her all my life, she’s so real and had an incredible life, I think she’ll be a huge asset to the panel."
Meanwhile 'head judge' Gary Barlow said the pressure was off Louis when the show returns this weekend.
"Louis has already proved himself as the longest standing judge on X Factor, so I’m aware all eyes will be on the new judges to see what we’ll bring to the table," he explained. "I just want to be here to help people and I want them to be able to look up to me and be able to say to me, ‘Tell me, do I do this or this?’"
Louis, Gary, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland kick off a new look X Factor today at London's O2 Arena. TellyMix will be there tweeting all day with the latest gossip and news!
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The X Factor 2011 starts Saturday at 8PM.
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