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Louis is Strictly not bothered in TV war

BBC'S Strictly Come Dancing may have beaten The X Factor by nearly two million viewers in the ratings battle at the weekend -- but judge Louis Walsh isn't sweating it.

He lost his first act on Sunday night when MK1 was beaten by Kye Sones in the public vote, but Louis said the ITV show is stronger than ever.

"I'm not concerned," he told the Diary. "Both shows are the two biggest shows on TV right now and that's the truth.

"X Factor is watched all around the world and everywhere I go, people are talking about it. They're like 'I watched you last night on YouTube'. It's gone crazy. This is the best X Factor ever and I'm not worried about other shows."

He also admitted that he hasn't yet seen his protege Nicky Byrne's moves on the BBC as Strictly airs at the same time as The X Factor.

"I haven't even seen it but I'd love to see Nicky dancing. At least he'll be able to dance for when Westlife get back together -- which will only be a good thing!" he continued.

He still has two acts remaining in the competition, District 3 and hot favourites Union J -- who he reckons could go all the way.

The longest-surviving judge on the popular programme also revealed that he still hopes to appear on the show for a record tenth year.