Louis Walsh confirms X Factor return
Louis Walsh has confirmed that he is set to return to the X Factor for its 2012 series.
Walsh has been a mainstay on the judging panel of the UK version for a number of years, despite his colleagues coming and going.
In a statement, the Irishman said he was "delighted" to sign up for the show's next series. He said:
"I'm back! It's my ninth year on the show and as the only remaining original judge I'm delighted to take my seat once more on the judging panel."
X Factor supremo Simon Cowell meanwhile praised Walsh and suggested he truly is part of the show's furniture. He said:
"The show wouldn't be the same without Louis, I am really happy he is coming back. I hope he has an opportunity this year to show what an astute manager he is."
Watch Louis Walsh on Top Gear below:
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