The wondrous Mr Walsh is back!

Eek! How X-citing! Our X Factor veteran Louis Walsh has confirmed he will be back for this year’s show!

The wondrous Mr Walsh is back!

A renowned music manager, Louis has been on the Judging Panel for every series of The X Factor since its launch in 2004.

He told us:  "Yep, I’m back! It’s my ninth year on the show and as the only remaining original judge, I’m delighted to take my seat once more on the Judging Panel.”

And big boss Simon Cowell is just as happy with his return: “The show wouldn’t be the same without Louis, I am really happy he is coming back. I hope he has an opportunity this year to show what an astute manager he is.”

The other Judges will be announced soon and the Judges Auditions Tour starts later in the spring.

The X Factor is open to singers and groups who are 16 and over AND in an exciting first for the series, acts can enter whether they are an amateur artist, have had a management deal in the past or have one now.

The series returns to ITV1, ITV2 and itv.com later in the summer, 2012.