Reports that Nicole Scherzinger’s been served a dud category on The X Factor this year have seemingly been backed-up by Louis Walsh.
It was claimed that Scherzy has the Over 25s – which is, according to the papers, the weakest bunch of acts on the programme.
Louis told the show’s official press pack: “I’m looking forward to winning! I’ve got a really good category, I’ve picked some really good people.
“It’s going to be a different Louis this year. I’ve got great talent and I’m going to get the best out of them. I’m going to show them.
“Nicole is not going to win this year, she can go back to America! Listen, this is my year.”
Nicole herself said: “Louis doesn’t mean any business, don’t listen to him! He’s all talk.
“I might be pushing it by saying I am going to win two years in a row. I’m very competitive and will do the best that I can.
“I think every category is strong in their own right this year so you never know.
“I’m very surprised by the category that Simon [Cowell] has, I think he’s the one to watch.”
Simon, it seems, has the Groups, while Louis has the Boys. That leaves Sharon Osbourne with the Girls.