Louis Pay Rise…Dannii’s Is Cut
X Factor judge Louis Walsh last night signed a new £1.6m deal to appear on this autumn’s X Factor. This might come as a surprise to many – surely anyone who ‘judges’ Jedward to be a good act should not be rewarded for their handiwork.
Meanwhile on Skid Row, Dannii Minogue was lamenting the fact that her pay had been cut to a measly £450,000 for the series. Hardly worth getting out of bed for we think you’d agree. The Aussie met with bosses who offered her a reduction because she will be missing the opening auditions in July to have her baby.
Walsh has now seen his pay cheque more than double from £700,000 in 2008 and was understandably very pleased to sign the deal with Simon Cowell last night, indeed he has already spoken of his desire to find “a new Jedward” in the next series.
“Simon was always keen to have Louis back,” an insider said. “He plans to make the show bigger and better than ever before, and he likes to reward his fellow judges for remaining loyal to him.”
Apparently Cheryl Cole will also sign her contract for X Factor 2010 this week – and Simon will decide soon who will fill in for Dannii Minogue while she is on maternity leave.
He has already said he can’t wait to find “another Jedward” in the new series.