The Daily Star is reporting that Olly Murs, X Factor UK alum, will join the show in some capacity. The 2009 runner-up will reportedly place Louis Walsh or be added as a fifth judge.
Other options for the single being tossed around, according to the British rag, replacing or joining, Dermot O’Leary as the presenter. Why would they replace Dermot? That’s crazy talk. He’s the perfect host, just the way he is.
Simon Cowell and X Factor producers have reportedly already had several meetings to discuss a “major makeover.” One source revealed to Daily Star: “Simon has been incredibly vocal that The X Factor needs to see some major changes. It is too early to confirm what they are yet but one thing is for certain – everybody wants Olly to be a part of the show.
“Olly’s become a huge international star off the back of the show, he’s well liked from his time presenting the Xtra Factor and is massively popular with the all-important younger fans. X Factor producers and ITV bosses are keen for him to replace Louis. They think Olly would be a much bigger ratings hit than Louis.”
When isn’t Louis rumored to be leaving or replaced? He’s like the Randy Jackson of X Factor. I’ll be surprised if he goes anywhere.
“If Simon returns again this year – which he is expected to – Louis is unlikely to be sacked, although the music mogul is keen on a major role for Olly. Replacing Dermot has also been suggested, which would certainly be a major shock as he is such a popular host,” says the source. Exactly.
“Simon has never been scared to axe people out of the blue though and Dermot knows no one on the show is safe.” Simon is unpredictable, but he’s not stupid.
The source says it’s more likely a judging role will be created.
Simon Cowell is always tweaking his shows, so do expect some changes. We’ll see if these rumors come to pass.