X Factor 2012 judges: Louis Walsh doesn't want Cheryl Cole replacing Tulisa!

Tulisa (X Factor 2012)

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has said he prefers Tulisa Contostavlos to Cheryl Cole on the show.

Amid rumours that bosses want Cheryl to return next year, Louis has insisted he'd much prefer Tulisa stays on the show!

In an interview with the Guardian, Louis admitted there's still "tension" between him and Cheryl after Girls Aloud sacked him as manager back in 2005.

He said: "Cheryl knows how to work it. Cheryl is all about Cheryl."

Quizzed on the potential change of line up for next year's tenth series, Louis was keen on keeping Tulisa at all costs.

"She works hard; she's honest. I did say she's a chav in a tracksuit, but she's a good chav in a good tracksuit," he said. "I'm always getting ready to defend her. We bonded from day one. I was dreading meeting her. I thought she was going to be a right little knacker. You know, a real toughie."

However Louis wasn't as defensive about Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.

Asked if he wanted to see them back next year, Louis said of Take That star Gary: "Well, he has a lot of work to do. He has a tour to do."

And Nicole, he shrugged: "It's nothing to do with me."


The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday on ITV1 and ITV1HD, with the final five acts sing two tracks each with Abba and Motown themes.

Sunday's results show will see one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna, Tulisa and Bruno Mars.

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