Louis Tomlinson says he is "less likely" to return to "The X Factor" judging panel this year because the show may clash with his album work.
Despite admitting he had an "amazing experience" on the talent show last year, in which his act Dalton Harris triumphed, the 27-year-old singer insists his main "mission" for 2019 is to release a solo record and hinted that if recording the programme is "going to get in the way" of his music he may not be back.
Louis said: "He [show boss Simon Cowell] hasn't called me yet.
"I had an amazing experience on the show last year, but if it's going to get in the way of my mission for this year, which is releasing the album, then it's probably going to be less likely."
While Simon - who was also on the panel last year alongside power couple Robbie Williams and Ayda Field - is yet to have spoken to Louis about a potential return to "The X Factor", the "Two of Us" hitmaker admits he has a "good relationship" with the music mogul.
He said: "I have a really good relationship with Simon. I feel I make him a bit younger, or I try, because he does sometimes throw around the dad jokes a little bit too often.
"So I try to do my bit."
While Louis was "nervous" about being a judge on "The X Factor" - on which he shot to fame with his band One Direction in 2010 - he soon settled into the experience and built "really great relationships" with the wannabes in his Boys category.
Speaking on "Lorraine", he added: "It was such an amazing experience, and I was nervous about doing it at first because I've not done anything like that before.
"But I was really happy with my category, I built up really great relationships with each of them individually. It was really, really exciting.
"And getting involved in all the creatives is experience that it's hard for me to get day to day."