Louis Walsh thinks 'X Factor' is "the only show on TV'.
The 60-year-old judge - who is the longest-serving panellist on the ITV singing contest - claims the show is not failing despite a ratings fall on the first episode of the latest series because it is still "the biggest" programme around.
He said: "I wasn't disappointed with the figures - there were nine million people watching on the warmest day of the year.
"This is the biggest show of the year - it's the only show on TV."
He also hit back at rival BBC show 'The Voice', claiming it was "the chairs" on which the judges sat that won it as no one can remember the winner Leanne Mitchell.
Speaking on Irish TV, Louis said: "I was built up for 'The Voice' UK when I saw the judges. It was a brilliant line up on paper with Tom Jones and Jessie J and the guy from The Script, and I thought it was going to be a great show.
"But it was just bad X Factor. The best thing about it was the chairs. Who won the show? The chairs."
Louis is joined on the panel of the show this year by Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger.