Louis Walsh expects Gary Barlow and Tulisa to be back on The X Factor this summer

Louis Walsh

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has made it clear that he doubts Kelly Rowland will be back on the show this year.

Speaking on Irish chat show Craig Doyle Live, Louis revealed he expected both Tulisa and Gary Barlow to return, and seemingly confirmed that Dermot O'Leary would also "definitely" be back.

"I think I'll be back, I think Gary will be back. I think Tulisa will be back. Dermot's definitely back!" Louis said. "I'm not sure about Kelly. I'm not sure."

But Louis made it clear that no final decisions on this year's line up at yet been made.

He added: "No-one is contracted guys."

Former judge Cheryl Cole previously denied rumours linking her to a return to the show, while tabloid reports have suggested that Estelle is being lined up to replace Kelly.

However a spokesperson for The X Factor branded the rumours "pure speculation", adding: "No decisions on the panel have been made yet."

Open auditions for The X Factor 2012 UK kick off in Liverpool this weekend, with the show returning to ITV1 in the summer.

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