'X Factor' U.K. Judge Louis Walsh to Quit After Upcoming Season
LONDON – Louis Walsh, a veteran judge on The X Factor in the U.K., says he will leave the music talent show after the upcoming season.
The Irish music manager has been on the Simon Cowell developed show on ITV since its launch.
"I've been judging X Factor for 10 years, so I've done it all," he told TV Times magazine, added that he was looking forward to returning to managing music talent.
"I'm going to be managing Shane Filan from Westlife, and I'm putting together a new boyband," he said about his future plans. Walsh has mentored such acts as boyband JLS and managed Boyzone and Svengali, among others.
The 10th season of the British version of X Factor will return to ITV later this year with a format tweak in the form of a second set of auditions.
Sharon Osbourne will return to the judging panel of the U.K. version of the hit show to replace Tulisa Contostavlos. She will join Take That star Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Walsh in the search for the nation’s next music star. Host Dermot O'Leary will also come back.
The outspoken Osbourne was one of the original X Factor judges in Britain from 2004 through 2007.