Louis Walsh tipped to return to The X Factor this year

Louis Walsh (X Factor 2017)

Louis Walsh has been tipped to return to The X Factor on ITV.

It comes after Robbie Williams and Ayda Williams announced they had quit The X Factor.

The husband and wife pair have revealed this week they were stepping down from the series after one year.

Blaming busy schedules, the pair said: "We're gutted to tell you we won't be able to return to The X Factor this year. We will be working on projects with Simon going forward - and as huge fans of the show, we will still be tuning into The X Factor, voting and winding Simon up!"

The news follows One Direction star Louis Tomlinson admitting he may not be back on the show either.

Now the odds of Louis Walsh making a sensational return to the X Factor judging panel have been slashed by bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Following the news that husband and wife Robbie Williams and Ayda Field will not be joining Simon Cowell on the 2019 series, the bookies have slashed the odds that Louis Walsh gets the call up at 3/1 (from 10/1).

Former Saturdays star and ITV regular Rochelle Humes finds herself chalked up at 4/1 for a spot on the panel, and should producers fancy another married couple working together 6/1 says Marvin returns to his X Factor roots, only behind the desk this time.

Rita Ora (4/1), Emma Bunton (5/1), Rylan Clark-Neal (6/1) and Olly Murs (6/1) follow close behind at the top of the betting, or there's a 7/1 chance that Cheryl Tweedy returns for another stint.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Punters would love to see Louis Walsh return to the show, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see ITV bosses replace Robbie and Ayda with another successful husband and wife duo in Rochelle and Marvin."

X Factor 2019 judges

Louis Tomlinson 4/6
Louis Walsh 3/1
Rochelle Humes 4/1
Rita Ora 4/1

Emma Bunton 5/1
Marvin Humes 6/1
Rylan Clark-Neal 6/1
Olly Murs 6/1
Cheryl Tweedy 7/1

Craig David 8/1
Amber Davies 10/1
Dua Lipa 12/1
Stormzy 14/1
Greg James 20/1

The X Factor will air on ITV later this year.

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