X Factor 2012 UK: Simon Cowell plans to steal Westlife's Kian Egan from The Voice of Ireland!

Louis Walsh

Fresh from his "bloodbath" axing over in the US, X Factor boss Simon Cowell is turning his attention to the UK show, and wants Kian Egan to join.

According to the Daily Mail, Simon wants to pinch Westlife's Kian to join this year's UK series of The X Factor.

It'll mean tempting the Irish singer and manager away from new talent show The Voice of Ireland, which is currently airing in the country.

But sources say that, in a cruel twist of fate, Kian would likely be replacing his own manager, Louis Walsh on the panel!

"Kian is highly rated and would be a perfect judge, although whether he is considered will depend on what happens with Louis Walsh," an insider told the newspaper.

The source added: "In reality, Kian can only be considered if Louis doesn’t come back."

Meanwhile its understood that Simon and ITV have been arguing over thde futures of Dermot O'Leary and Gary Barlow, with the channel wanting the stars to stay but Simon wanting fresh blood on the show.

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