Just a few months after American Idol‘s ever-present panelist Randy Jackson announced that he is quitting the series, his closest equivalent across the Atlantic, Irish record producer Louis Walsh (far left), has announced that he is leaving his judging position on ITV series The X Factor after the current season ends.
He stated: “I’m happy this is going to be my last year. I’ve been judging X Factor for ten years so I’ve done it all. It was never in my plan to be on TV but Simon Cowell put me there. I’m very grateful to him but I need my life back!”
In his time on the show, Walsh has been notable for winning the second series when he mentored Shayne Ward, as well as managing more successful acts including JLS, Jedward, and G4, and bringing his fair share of novelty acts (including ‘Wagner’, Kitty Brucknell, Johnny Robinson, and Jedward).
Having only missed a few days during his entire run (where he was temporarily replaced by American choreographer Brian Friedman before Cowell ‘realised his mistake’ soon after), Walsh’s long-standing presence on the show is already one which critics are claiming will be missed, but will the audience feel the same way in series 11?
That is of course, if there is a series 11, after returning judge Sharon Osbourne (second left) hinted that her comeback was for one season only, whilst Gary Barlow (second right) will depart at the end of season 10 to ‘focus on his music’. Having made some alterations that should give the show a little more quality when it premieres later this month on ITV, will the new season be a good one to send off the departing panel members? Just don’t roll your ‘R’s when you bid them ‘au revoir’, you’ll never get them to leave: