Poor Louis Walsh gets stuck with Sinitta for X Factor judges' houses

Louis Walsh

Poor Louis Walsh has well and truly drawn the short straw for this year's X Factor judges' houses, with the Irish music mogul being paired with Simon Cowell's ex-girlfriend Sinitta! Despite the other judges teaming up with huge international stars to pick their finalists, Louis is stuck with the 'So Macho' singer.

He had wanted someone from JLS or Westlife to help him out. Even Jedward offered to join him, although we're not sure how the contestants would react to that.

According to The Sun however, Simon Cowell demanded that Louis take Sinitta - who has joined Simon at judges' houses for the previous seven years - to Barcelona with him.

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They continued: "It's all a bit embarrassing for Louis as he was hoping to get someone he's quite close to," a source told the tabloid this morning.

"He gets on well with Sinitta and they are friendly but - no offence to her - he'd much rather have one of his pals.

"Unless he changes the producers' minds, he'll just have to go along with it. But he's running out of time as there are just a few days to go."

Meanwhile Gary Barlow is set to team up with Take That bandmate Robbie Williams in Hollywood, Tulisa will jet out to Greece with rapper Tinie Tempah and Kelly Rowland will pair up with R&B star Usher in Miami.

Last night the panellists found out which category they’d be mentoring this year, with all four judges previously revealing how strong the girls were this year.

Filming for the judges' houses starts next week and is expected to air in October on ITV1.

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