Louis Walsh hints at The X Factor exit after this year

Nobody knows what this year’s X Factor judges’ panel will look like – but Louis Walsh may have just hinted that he’s making plans for an exit in 2019.

Although the long-standing judge has previously insisted that his three-year contract, which runs out at the end of this year, is “watertight”, it turns out he still has a yearning to go back to managing one day.

“I have my contract,” he said (via Independent.ie). “I got a three-year contract, and this is my third year. It’s always fun.

“It’s fun, but I do want to get back into music next year. I want to find one or two new acts to manage. I love doing that.”

Louis continued by saying that in a dream scenario, he would love to – if the 2018 series is his last – uncover and mentor a brand new talent who he could continue to work with after the show is over.

“Listen, I’ve got three years and I had a brilliant time on The X Factor,” he said.

“I suppose I’ll just wait and see what happens this year. I’d love to find someone great that I could get a record deal for.”

Louis insisted that he knows nothing about who will be returning this year, with his future as well as Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger’s currently uncertain.

“I don’t know is the honest answer,” he said. “I honestly don’t. I love them, I really do.”

The X Factor will return to ITV later this year.

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