Pop impresario Louis Walsh has announced plans to launch a new boy band in 2014.

The X Factor judge said that he has already auditioned hopefuls for the new group. "I'm doing a brand new boy band that will be ready to go next year," he told The Mirror.

"They're going to rehearse for the month of January, see the record companies in February and take it from there.

"No familiar faces, all new kids that have never been on a talent show or anything. I auditioned a thousand!"

The 64-year-old also discussed his personal hopes, saying: "In 2014 all I want is to be happy and well. I just love to work in this business.

"I'll go to Miami for the whole month of January. I go there three months of the year. I have an apartment and I just love it, it's the best place in the world."