Louis Walsh very nearly joined I’m A Celebrity in 2016
We were delighted earlier this year when Louis Walsh was reinstated as a judge on The X Factor, following the bizarre lapse of judgement that led to his dismissal from the panel last year.
However, we might not have been had we known that Mr Walsh was all signed up to do I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2016 until Simon Cowell invited him back.
It seems Louis was always destined to be an important part of our pre-Christmas television schedules, as the Irish entertainment manager revealed to Alan Carr he had already negotiated a deal with I’m A Celebrity when he received the invite to return to X Factor.
Speaking on Alan Carr’s 12 Stars of Christmas, he said: “I was offered the one in the jungle, I’m A Celebrity.
“Simon Cowell rang me and said: ‘Don’t do it darling, don’t do it, I’ve got another plan for you.’ He was obviously giving me the gig back.”
X Factor made the strange decision to dismiss Louis and add Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora to the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole last year, leading to the show’s worst ratings in years. 2015’s winner, Louisa Johnson, only managed to reach number nine in the charts – the first time an X Factor winner had not hit the number one spot.
It seemed Louis’ constant refrain of “I think you could be the next big thing” was a vital aspect of the X Factor, and he was quickly reinstated in 2016 with Simon Cowell admitting a mistake had been made.
This all said – we would have absolutely loved to see Mr Walsh rough it up in the jungle, eating live tarantulas or swimming through shark-infested waters or what not.
Ah well, there’s always next time!