Louis Walsh quits The X Factor
Louis Walsh has quit 'The X Factor'.
The 62-year-old judge, who has appeared on the ITV reality TV show since 2004, says he wants to spend more of his time managing acts and has revealed the show is set for an overhaul.
Louis said: "I think I'm done with X Factor, honestly. My day job is as a manager, I've kind of neglected that. I want to get back to being a manager.
"I'm working with [former Westlife star] Shane Filan, he's got a new record coming out, and I'm working with Hometown. I'd like to get back to where I started off ... I never wanted to be on TV, it just happened."
Louis said the producers of the show are keen to see it change.
He told TV3: "I've done 11 seasons. That's a long time on television. I think they're going to change it, go for a few new faces."
Despite walking away from the popular reality TV show, Louis insists his passion to work in the music industry remains as strong as ever.
He said: "If you don't like this business you shouldn't be in it. You have to be full time, you have to love it.
"I still love it. I still look at the charts, I still buy music, I still go to gigs. It keeps you young."