Is Ronan Keating leaving The X Factor Australia?

The Irish singer who became known to the world as a member of the popular boy band Boyzone in the 90's hinted in that direction after his contestant, Marlisa Punzalan, performed her potential debut single "Stand By You" on the grand final episode lastnight.

“If this is my last year on the show I hope that I can leave with a worthy winner like you,” Keating said as part of the judges panel alongside Dannii Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo.

If Punzalan beats Dean Ray and Brothers 3 and is voted winner of The X Factor 2014 her debut single will be released.

Keating has been a judge on the X Factor panel since 2010. Previous judges include Mel B, Guy Sebastian and Natalie Imbruglia.