Louis Walsh ‘set to return to The X Factor with pal Sharon Osbourne’

Louis Walsh has revealed that he’s in talks with Simon Cowell to return to The X Factor – and wants to bring pal Sharon Osbourne back too.

The music manager says he is mediating between the pair after they fell out over comments Sharon made when she was dumped from the talent show in 2017.

Ozzy Osbourne’s wife told US DJ Howard Stern she wanted to drown Cowell before accusing him of underpaying her.

Louis, 66, says: “I’m speaking to Simon. Let’s see.”

If he does return, he wants Sharon, 66, as a fellow judge.

“Sharon would be great,” he insists. “She’s burnt a few bridges, but that’s what’s good about her – she has an opinion. She’s never boring or predictable.”

Last year, Sharon raised eyebrows when she let rip at Simon, saying she’d “put a f***ing brick around his neck and throw him over”. She claimed he fired her for being too old.

But Louis says he’s confident Sharon and Simon, 59, will become friends again. “She was only joking,” he says. “It was all panto talk. They will make up. I’m going to mediate between them. I’ll do anything necessary.”

Louis confirmed he’s speaking to Simon about working together again – most likely on his X Factor All Star show due on screen later this year, when past winners will battle it out.

He says: “The All Star concept is great. People will watch it to see Leona Lewis, G4, Sam Bailey. Real singers, real talent. It could be like battle of the divas.”

Louis, who returned to managing Westlife, says he can’t wait to work with Simon again.

Speaking backstage as Westlife kicked off their Twenty Tour in Belfast this week, he says: “Simon changed my life. He gave me Westlife.

“He’s never changed. Only thing that has is his face.”

  • Tickets on sale for the Twenty Tour at westlife.com

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