Louis Walsh has tipped Ellie Goulding to join the X Factor judging panel.

Walsh - who has appeared in all ten series of the singing competition - is set to reunite with returning judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole when the programme begins its 11th series later this year.

When the music mogul was asked by The Sun who was in the running to complete the judging panel he replied: "I've heard Ellie Goulding. I just hope it's a girl."

X Factor creator Cowell is returning to the UK series after a three-year absence while he appeared in the US version of the show.

Cole is also reprising her judging role, after originally having appeared on the show for three years between 2008 and 2010.

Cowell recently revealed that the Girls Aloud star will have influence over who the fourth judge will be, explaining: "I'm not going to put somebody next to her who she hates."

Goulding performed on The X Factor twice during last year's series.