The man responsible for unleashing Jedward on the world could be set for an X Factor return (again).
It comes as Simon has apparently suddenly realised the drop in viewing figures is down to the replacement of Louis on this year’s show, with none other than Radio 1’s eccentric radio host Nick Grimshaw.
Grimshaw has fallen somewhat surprisingly flat with fans and critics of the show. With ratings down, Louis has even apparently been texting former host Dermot O’Leary, allegedly enthusing (in typical Louis smugness), “They’re clearly missing us!”
Yes, it seems despite his misplaced enthusiasm for the ‘joke’ acts (which we kind of do miss, admittedly) and seeming complete inability to ever win a series (or indeed. apparent complete lack of interest in), this County Mayo-born Irishman might be back on our screens sooner than you might think.
We recently felt the show was missing his hilarious catchphrases, and disastrous choice of acts, not to mention adding the all-important humour element to the show. Because even if in the past we were laughing at Louis rather than with, at least we were laughing. Which is just so not the case now.
So Cowell has now apparently caught on to the fact that scores of viewers are sporting a big Louis-shaped hole in their hearts, and has reportedly invited Walsh back, to act as a “neutral fifth judge” when the live X Factor shows begin this October.
But we have a serious case of deja-vu… Didn’t Louis already get fired then quickly rehired in a shock twist (what publicity stunt?) in 2007..?
Meanwhile, in a move that echoes BBC rival Strictly Come Dancing, the X-Factor may also introduce a scoring element to the live shows, marking singers out of 10 for their performances.