Erm, so is Louis Walsh heading to the jungle or the X Factor? The man himself speaks out

The Louis Walsh rumour mill (yes, there is such a thing, we’ve seen it) is in overdrive right now, what with the increasingly talked about suggestion that he’s being lined up for a shock return to The X Factor.

Now it’s being speculated that Louis, 63, could instead be heading down under to take part in I’m A Celebrity! Which would kind of make sense if Cheryl’s reaction to the idea of him coming back to X Factor is anything to go by…

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Yep, Louis’ old sparring partner Chezza – who is now both a judge and an executive producer on the show – has made it clear that she wouldn’t be too pleased about Mr Walsh taking a seat on the panel again and insists that she’s not aware of it happening.

‘I read about the rumours that Louis is coming back,’ says Cheryl, 32.

‘I thought it was just a rumour, then someone told me he was on TV talking about it as a possibility. I have not been told it’s a possibility.’

Ooh, that’s shut YOU down Louis! If Louis DID come back then Cheryl doesn’t think it would work well, especially because she’s a big fan of newcomers Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw.

‘I’m absolutely in love with them, so I don’t know how Louis could comment on acts he doesn’t know,’ she tells the Mirror.

‘He doesn’t know anybody, so I don’t know how that would work out. I’m going to make some phone calls…’

There have been rumours circulating for a while that Louis could come back as a guest judge during the live shows but nobody’s giving anything away, with a spokesman for the series saying: ‘Plans for the live shows are still being finalised.’

Turns out though that Louis might swap a judge’s chair for a camp bed as he’s refused to rule out the possibility of going on the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity.

In fact he’s admitted to BBC Newsbeat that he’s been in touch with ITV.

‘Let’s see what happens,’ Louis cryptically says. ‘That is all I am saying.

‘I’m not saying I said no, I am not saying I said yes. Let’s see what happens.’

When asked what he’d need if he went into the jungle, Louis jokes: ‘Oxygen and sleeping tablets.’

Something tells us Louis would be VERY interesting to watch…

Anna Francis