The X Factor 2017 judges had better watch out, as Louis Walsh is determined to WIN the new series.
Louis has been on the ITV talent contest’s panel for all but one of its fourteen runs – but it’s been well over a decade since he last had a winning act.
The Irish music manager has only ever claimed victory once, with Shayne Ward in 2005.
His association with the groups category is also a bit of a running gag, having mentored it a whopping seven times.
But it seems Louis means business this year, as he claims viewers are about to see a “different” side of him.
“I’m in it to win it this year! I’ve got an edge to me,” he exclaimed. “I’m looking forward to winning!
“I’ve got a really good category, I’ve picked some really good people. It’s going to be a different Louis this year. I’ve got great talent and I’m going to get the best out of them.
He added: “I’m going to show them. Nicole [Scherzinger] is not going to win this year, she can go back to America! Listen, this is my year.”
It seems Louis knows he faces tough competition, however – as he claims the latest crop of contestants have raised the bar.
“I think we’ve got better talent this year than for many years actually,” he commented. “It’s so much better than last year; I think there’s talent in every category.
“There are some great personalities. We’ve found more talented people with more originality.”
If you can’t wait for the Six Chair Challenge and want to know which categories the judges have this year, read our spoiler article here.
The X Factor is back on ITV this Saturday and Sunday at 8.00pm.