Say what!? Louis Walsh pays €20,000 to return to the X Factor!

The music mogul must miss the show as much as viewers have missed him!

Louis is BACK!
Louis is BACK!

Have you been missing Lou Lou on this series of the X Factor? Well, fear not because he’s making a return to the show!

However, there is a slight twist – the former judge won his place back on the singing contest for one by paying a whopping €20K at a charity auction at the Music Industry Trust Awards. He must really miss it too!

That's a lot of money Louis!
That’s a lot of money Louis!

But, unfortunately, he won’t actually feature on the live shows, as the prize only allows him to join the show during rehearsals and act as a judge for the dress rehearsal.

Apparently Simon Cowell was shocked at Louis’ outrageous bid, but he stood up and laughed at his old pal’s move.

He's not on the show for the first time in 11 years!
He’s not on the show for the first time in 11 years!

The 63-year-old was replaced by radio DJ Nick Grimshaw for the first time in 11 years, and he has admitted that he watches the show in his PJs at home.

Speaking previously on returning to the panel, he cheekily said: “Oh I don’t know, I’m keeping an eye on it. I love Louisa and I love Che. They’re the two people I love.”

And of course, he offered some advice to frenemy Simon: “You’ve made too many changes. Listen to the public. He has to listen to the public – he will for next year.”

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