X Factor 2016: Louis Walsh boasts as viewing figures increase

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X Factor's Louis Walsh has been bragging about the show's higher ratings since his return.

The new series posted some strong viewing figures over the weekend, even if it was edged out by Strictly Come Dancing on the Saturday.

The 2016 run of X Factor was up on last year's equivalent episodes by up to 800,000 viewers.

Speaking on Irish radio this week, Louis enthused about the numbers: "The ratings are up, not just because of me, because Sharon Osbourne is there and Nicole [Scherzinger], Simon [Cowell], Dermot [O'Leary] and me. It's just the right panel and it's fun again."

He told 2FM: "I think we are the dream team, straight up. I think these are the best people I've ever worked with on the show, we're genuinely really good friends. It just works between everybody. We have fun and I think it comes across on the show."

Last year saw viewing figures for the show crash to some of their lowest ever, which Louis blames on the selection of judges.

"I was sacked, the ratings went down, they hired Nick Grimshaw," Louis explained. "You can't just hire a radio DJ to do a TV show.

"He was trying to make the show different last year because he thought it was time to make a change. I knew I was gone because I had 11 years, I didn't really mind, but when I saw Nick Grimshaw I thought 'God why is he on the show?'

"Nobody really knows him, he's a faceless person, he's a DJ on Radio 1. And then Rita and Cheryl and Simon, there was no chemistry, then they had Olly and Caroline, and it just wasn't the Saturday night family show that people like for X Factor."

But it's not just the judges that have changed this year with Dermot O'Leary back as host and the arena auditions axed in favour of a return to the rooms.

The X Factor 2016 continues this Saturday night on ITV.

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