X Factor 2016: Louis Walsh's comeback is almost official

Louis Walsh car (X Factor 2014)

Louis Walsh has said his comeback is pretty much all but confirmed now.

The Irish music mogul says he's still yet to put pen to paper and sign a contract, but in a new interview declared: "It looks like I'm back".

Appearing on Ireland's RTE 2fm last night, Louis spoke of all the rumours including the latest reports suggesting a meeting between himself, show boss Simon Cowell and former judge Sharon Osbourne.

"I haven't signed a contract, to be quite honest with you," Louis began, "I did meet Simon, I did meet Sharon Osbourne.

"It looks like I'm back, but I haven't signed.

"I can't say I have the job until I've signed the contract."

As for who will be on the panel alongside him, now that both Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl have quit, Louis said: "Me, obviously, and Simon.

"Sharon Osbourne - she might be coming back."

But in bad news for Rita Ora, Louis backed Nicole Scherzinger to rejoin the show: "I'd prefer Nicole, Nicole would be amazing. She's fun."

Meanwhile in a separate interview with BT, Louis called on Simon to "bring back the old X Factor" this year after claiming 2015's series saw too many changes.

"X Factor went a little off the boil last year. Simon tweaked it too much - just like he tweaked his face!" he quipped.

Louis suggested: "He needs to bring back the old X Factor: have the auditions in a small room so you find out the real personalities.

"People loved that because it was so intimate and revealing. It needs to have less singing and more fun."

Whether it was Louis' idea or not, ITV have confirmed that this year's series WILL see the return of the room auditions while Dermot O'Leary is back as host.

As yet, no judges have been officially announced for the new series.

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