X Factor 2016: Dermot O'Leary wants Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne back!

The X Factor - Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary says he wants to reunite with Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne.

The trio were first on the show together for a year in 2007 before Sharon left but appeared again on 2013's tenth series.

Now they could be about to star on the show once again for the third time.

Both Cheryl Cole and Nick Grimshaw have announced their exits leaving two free spots on the panel.

While Dermot's return has been officially announced, replacements for the judges are still unconfirmed but speaking last week, Louis revealed he and Sharon were in talks with Simon Cowell about returning.

"I haven't signed a contract, to be quite honest with you," Louis explained, "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."

Now Dermot has given his backing to the pair, telling Jenny Greene on Ireland radio station 2fm that he hopes to see Louis and Sharon back behind the judges' desk.

"It would be great to see those two back on the same panel because they bring the best out in each other," Dermot enthused.

As for who else could be on this year's show, it's said to be between Rita Ora and Nicole Scherzinger for the final place on the judges' desk.

The X Factor 2016 judges are expected to be confirmed within the next few weeks ahead of filming beginning later on in the summer.

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