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Westlife's Kian Egan wants 'X Factor' judging role with Louis Walsh

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Kian Egan has revealed that he would like to be a judge on The X Factor.

The Westlife singer has started a TV presenting career since the band broke up, and has appeared on shows including ITV1's Surprise Surprise with Holly Willoughby and ITV2's The Xtra Factor.

Kian Egan - Westlife star and coach on The Voice of Ireland is 32 on Sunday.

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Louis Walsh decides between sending Rylan Clark or Carolynne Poole home on X Factor's first live show.

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However, he said that he would only join if former manager Louis Walsh remained on the panel.

"Being on The X Factor judging panel would be an amazing gig and something I would thoroughly enjoy," he told The Sun.

"I would hate to replace Louis Walsh. That would never be my intention."

He added: "It's an amazing TV show and a great one to be a part of. I certainly feel that since The X Factor started I've been around it and in it an awful lot.

"I did the judges homes' with Louis, presented The Xtra Factor a few times and this will be the first series of the main X Factor show that Westlife don't perform on.

"We really have had an amazing time on The X Factor over the years so it would be great for that to continue."

Kian Egan, Jodi Albert

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The X Factor Week 6: James Arthur

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[Left: Egan with wife Jodi Albert / Right: James Arthur]

Egan also said that he and wife Jodi Albert are avid viewers of the show, and tipped James Arthur to win this year's competition.

"James is definitely outstanding. I think he's probably one of the most unique artists that's been on so far and I really think he deserves to win the show.

"He's a young, cool, contemporary artist — probably the most contemporary that they have had for a long time, so it'd be good to see him win it.

"There are some other good people on there. I think Ella Henderson started off very strong and Rylan's brilliant."

Simon Cowell was recently quoted to be planning a revamp of the X Factor judging panel, including a possible return of its original lineup.
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