Louis Walsh: The X Factor ‘needs’ Simon Cowell back

14:51 06 November 2012

The ex-factor: Gary Barlow (left) is reportedly leaving the show while Louis Walsh (right) wants Simon Cowell back Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The ex-factor: Gary Barlow (left) is reportedly leaving the show while Louis Walsh (right) wants Simon Cowell back Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

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X Factor judge Louis Walsh reckons the show would be number one again if Simon Cowell returned

The Irishman, the longest-serving judge on the singing contest, said he was needed in the building to restore its flagging ratings.

“If Simon did come back, he’d have the number one show,” he told today’s The Sun newspaper

“That’s the thing about Simon -- he always wants to be number one.

“We need him in the building, he’s always fun, he keeps everybody on their toes. I wish he’d come back.”

BBC One rival Strictly Come Dancing has now overtaken the show in the ratings.

Meanwhile, Take That star Gary Barlow is reported to have agreed not to take part in the next series, in what would be his third.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It’s time for a shake-up. While Gary has never committed to another series, he was willing to listen to offers if this one went well.

“However, he was given the least desirable category - the Overs - and three of his four acts have already been eliminated.

“He feels his integrity has been compromised and the show has lost its credibility.

“By mutual consent, he will not be returning next year.”

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