Si­mon shouldn’t have sacked me!

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LOUIS WALSH has said that Si­mon Cow­ell sack­ing him back in 2007 was a “big mis­take” – and that get­ting a lap dance from Rob­bie Wil­liams was a favourite

mo­ment. The Ir­ish judge, 61, who has an­nounced that he will be quit­ting the tal­ent show af­ter this year’s se­ries, was axed in 2007 but quickly re­in­stated.

He told the that his re­turn to the ITV show – and the mo­ment pop star Wil­liams gave him a lap dance last year – were two of his on-screen high­lights.

“Big mis­take. I was gut­ted,” Walsh said of the sack­ing. “I couldn’t be­lieve I was off the show – me and (pre­sen­ter) Kate Thorn­ton. I was sure I was safe.”


The star, who has pre­vi­ously blamed ageism, said: “Some­body in ITV got into Cow­ell’s ear, and told him to make it younger and fresher. It was an age thing.” Walsh was re­placed by dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Brian Fried­man be­fore he was asked to re­turn.

He told the magazine: “They gave Brian Fried­man the job, who was bril­liant as a chore­og­ra­pher, but he wears these silly clothes all the time.

“Sharon (Os­bourne) sent me a text on day one say­ing, ‘It’s not work­ing. You could get your job back.’” Walsh will join Gary Bar­low, Ni­cole Scherzinger and Sharon on the panel this year.

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