DEVASTATED X Factor fans have demanded Louis Walsh return to the judging panel as the new series kicked off tonight.
The Irishman didn’t return for the 2018 series despite being part of the show since 2004 – with the exception of the 2015 series.
But for many watching at home, they were missing some Irish charm and Louis’ catchphrases.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “I won’t watch #XFactor without Louis Walsh. End of.”
Another tweeted: “I never thought I’d say this but I’m missing Louis Walsh #XFactor” while a third shared: “Bring back @MrsSOsbourne and @Official_Walsh #XFactor.”
A fourth agreed, writing: “Urmmmm how can you have #xfactor without Louis Walsh!?”
However elements of Louis still came through in tonight’s show, courtesy of the new Louis.
At one point, after one girl’s audition, the 26-year-old said: “You remind me of a little Christina Aguilera”.
Fans of the Irishman will know he regularly compared auditionees to little versions of famous singers, and one viewer wrote: “‘You remind me of a little Christina Aguilera’ Has Louis Walsh been reincarnated in Louis Tomlinson’s body?”
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However it wasn’t enough for others, with one tweeting: “Bring back Louis Walsh!!! #XFactor” while another added: “let’s face it, it’s not the same without good old Louis Walsh.”
But other viewers defended the new panel, with one writing: “I love Robbie & Ayda. if you’ve never liked Robbie he’s never going to be your cup of tea! I find them refreshing instead of Louis you’re a little popstar Walsh #XFactor.”
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