Robbie Williams set to replace Louis Walsh on The X Factor

Simon Cowell likes to mix things up!

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by Daisy Jordan |
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Louis Walsh delivered the shock news that [he was leaving The X Factor this week](http://Louis Walsh QUITS The X Factor) - and it looks like Simon Cowell has already lined up his replacement.

According to The Sun, the Syco boss is in talks with Robbie Williams to take his mate's place on the panel after the pair have grown close.

A source told the paper, “Robbie has always been Simon’s dream signing.

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“Now it appears he’s finally going to get his man.

“Over the past 12 months they’ve become close, as have their wives who are also pals.

“There’s a deal on the table and Robbie is keen to do it. The hope is that the deal is days away from being signed and announced."

Louis was a judge on the show for a staggering 13 years, but released a statement confirming his departure from the show.

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"I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I’m ready to leave," the statement read.

"I’m looking forward to another series of Ireland’s Got Talent, going back to my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world!"

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Thames Managing Director Amelia Brown also confirmed the news with a statement that read, "Louis has been a huge part of The X Factor’s success since it launched and remains a good friend of the show.

"His contribution cannot be overstated. We would like to thank him for all he has given to the show over the years and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future."

We can't WAIT to see Robbie stir up some fun!

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