X Factor 2016: Series will return with 10 weeks of live shows

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The X Factor will return with ten weeks of live shows this year, Louis Walsh has revealed.

Last year's series saw a new format introduced with only the seven live weekends, as a result of the Rugby World Cup airing on ITV.

But Louis has said the series will go back to its usual ten week run this autumn with the rugby out of the way again.

In a chat with Saturday Night with Miriam on Irish telly, Louis also spoke about being HAPPY he was given the axe last year .

He said: "I was sacked, they just told me not to comeback. I was initially annoyed but then I watched the show and I was happy, I was really glad it didn't work without me!

"I think they [viewers] liked the old format, the fun, and the old crew, the more experienced crew."

"ITV wanted to make the show younger," Louis added," "But it just didn't work."

This year's X Factor judging panel sees not only the return of Louis but also a comeback from Sharon Osbourne, which proved difficult to secure.

Revealing he had to help persuade her to say yes Louis blabbed: "Getting Sharon back was a tough job because she and Simon don't see eye to eye."

Alongside Louis, Sharon and of course Simon Cowell is Nicole Scherzinger.

"I think she's amazing," raved Louis about Nicole. "She can really, really sing. She did Cats, she can sing, perform, act."

The X Factor 2016 is expected to begin on ITV from next month.

H/T to Andy on Twitter.

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