Louis Walsh has insisted his time on the X Factor is almost up, as he hopes to bow out after ten years, saying "I don't want to be Brucie on Strictly".

The 60-year-old, who has managed acts like Girls Aloud, Boyzone and Westlife, says his time on the X Factor is coming to an end. "This is my ninth year and every year I get nervous that Simon will bring someone new in" he told the UK's Radio Times, adding "but I know the show and what works".

"My ambition is to get to 10 years on the show - after that we'll see" he declared, before making a dig at 84-year-old Bruce Forsyth. The two have previously been reported in a bitter war of words.

Speaking about the new series of the show, which debuts this weekend, "we are doing the best we can" he insisted. "The show has suffered without Simon - it's like The Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger . . . I miss him being there a lot".

"Last year Tulisa and Gary were thrown in at the deep end and we struggled a bit but this year they're back and they're stronger and I can't wait to find this year's star" Walsh concluded.