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Louis Walsh on 'X Factor' return: 'I'll be waiting by the phone'

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Louis Walsh has revealed that he is hoping for a 10th year as a judge on The X Factor, claiming that he will be "waiting by the phone" to hear if he's been signed up again.

Walsh is the only judge who has appeared on every series of the ITV1 talent show. The Westlife and Boyzone manager was briefly axed from the show in series four, but after the first audition dates didn't prove successful, he was brought back by Simon Cowell.

Louis Walsh
X Factor 2012

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Speaking on Xtra Factor last night about whether he would be involved with the show in 2013, Walsh said: "I've been waiting by the phone for 9 years and I'll be waiting by it again next year."

The Irish music mogul revealed that it was exec producer Richard Holloway who made the phonecalls to hire the judges and said that the decision was usually announced in February.

In Digital Spy's 'Best X Factor Judge Poll' of over 15,000 readers, Walsh finished bottom of the heap with only 7.9% of the vote.

Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger was the runaway winner of the poll with 54.5%.

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