The 56-year-old revealed that while Sharon would 'come back next year', Dannii was the obvious choice to go between her and Cheryl. "And obviously Dannii would be the one to go - having Sharon and Cheryl on the show together is too good an opportunity to miss," the Daily star quoted him as saying.
The Irish music manager further elaborated on the reason for her best pal's return. He said: "The thing about Sharon is she can't be controlled. At the moment Simon has three judges who, let's face it, he controls. With Sharon we never knew what she was going to do next - she was just so unpredictable. I really miss her but we speak on the phone at least twice a week."
Louis further revealed that it was Sharon who guided towards Cheryl, who he thinks is doing an incredible job. He said: "Cheryl has come in and is doing a fantastic job. She's a natural and definitely has a career in television. She brings the emotion that Sharon did, without the mad streak. And, of course, she's absolutely stunning."
"It's funny because it was actually Sharon who suggested Cheryl take over her role on the show. And it was me who put all the calls in and persuaded her to do it. The fact that she's proved so popular is a credit to Sharon."