The X Factor needs three new judges after it was confirmed all but Simon Cowell have been axed in a major shake up of the singing show.
In a statement ITV confirmed this week that three new judges will join this year’s series while Sharon Osbourne will act as a fifth judge for the live shows.
On the news, Louis, who has been on the show for 13 years, said: “I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I’m ready to leave.
“I’m looking forward to another series of Ireland’s Got Talent, going back to my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world!”
There’s been no news on who will replace Nicole and Louis but One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is odds-on favourite to be one of them! Ladbrokes have him at 4/6 to replace Louis.
Rita Ora and Kylie Minogue are also in the running at 6/4 and 2/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The odds suggest there’s only one direction Louis Tomlinson is heading this summer – and it’s straight to the X Factor judging panel.”
X Factor odds:
Louis Tomlinson – 4/6
Rita Ora – 6/4
Kylie – 2/1
Olly Murs – 3/1
Stormzy – 4/1
Craig David – 9/2
Gloria Estefan – 5/1
Mel B – 6/1
Robbie Williams – 6/1
The X Factor will return to ITV later this year.