Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
Louis Walsh with Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend. (© Ken McKay)
Viewers were shocked during Judges' Houses when the Boys mentor told Paul he was not in his final three, prompting many fans to voice their disbelief on social media sites as well as starting petitions to get him back on the programme.
Speaking to This Morning on Thursday, Louis said: "I hated having to send Paul home because he is an amazing singer and I do hope he comes back next year.
"I go with my heart and I picked the three that I thought were best for this year, but Paul has the voice so I hope he comes back."
This year's series of The X Factor has seen a number of hopefuls return to the competition despite being told no in previous series.
This included Dubliner Melanie McCabe, who was told no for the fourth time and Scottish singer Jade Richards who was competing for the third time only to be sent home.
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield asked Louis if there should be a limit to the amount of times a contestant can audition for the show.
"I think they should only do it twice," he replied.
"Remember, I had Alexander Burke, she didn't get through from my Judges' Houses, but she came back and she won the competition and I believe Paul Akister could do the same thing.
"I love, love, love his voice."
Louis chose Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend as his final three Boys.
Having only won the competition once before in 2005 with Shane Ward, Louis said he believes he can do it again with one of his finalists.
"I think I'm in with a very good chance, I really, really do."
The X Factor live shows begin on UTV on Saturday and Sunday from 8pm.
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