Louis Walsh 'Returning To The X Factor'
Simon Cowell reportedly allows Gary Barlow to return if Louis can stay...
Louis Walsh is reported to have secured a seat on the judging panel of The X Factor for another year - meaning he will notch up a whole decade on the show.
The Sun reports that Simon Cowell has won his battle with ITV bosses to keep Louis on the channel's flagship reality show, but has agreed in return that Gary Barlow can stay too if a deal can be done.
A source said: "He's been told by the heads of entertainment at ITV that he's coming back and (executive producer) Richard Holloway has also said he'll be back.
"Obviously he wants to see the contract in his hand but everyone who has the power to make a decision on it has said he's coming back so if that changes something very odd has gone on.
"Normally it's Simon who upsets the apple cart at the last minute but he's been desperate to keep Louis on the show so he's unlikely to give him the axe.
"He's always said he wants to do 10 series of the show."
And we recently told you how Sharon Osbourne was reportedly the hot favourite to replace Tulisa on the judging panel - with Nicole Scherzinger also likely to stay.