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Louis Walsh can't slack off on X Factor – as Simon works him to the bone

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Louis Walsh has revealed the X Factor panel can’t slack off this year – as Simon Cowell is working them to the bone.

The Mayo judge admitted that the return of multi millionaire music mogul Cowell has a changed the dynamic to the music talent show.

He said: “I think it’s a different X Factor than last year. You know Cowell’s back and he’s making us work really hard. There’s no where to hide and he demands we all work.”

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Louis also revealed that main man Simon decides what judge mentors each category.

He said: “You know what he does? he gives us red herrings. One year he told me I had the groups, I was really excited.

“I was so happy and I walk into the room and it was the overs. I was so disappointed.”

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Louis is the longest serving judge on the music talent show – working 11 years on the ITV hit show.

And when asked why he believed he is still on the judging panel, he said: “Because I work, I love what I do, I love the job.”

Previously Louis has mentored acts such as Shayne Ward, Jedward and JLS.