Pop guru Louis Walsh says he thinks the 'X Factor' winner James Arthur will be the Christmas No 1.
"He can't miss, it is the biggest selling record. On Sunday night (after the final) there were 190,000 sales and they were real sales – I hope James gets it," Walsh said.
Despite negative reports about the latest series, Walsh said "it is still the biggest show on TV and had 20 million people watching over the two nights last weekend". He also revealed that he believes Union J, who he mentored on the series this year, "are going to be the next boy band".
"They are going to be like Boyzone or Westlife. They will be the next boy band; they have definitely got a fantastic shot at it and everywhere they go people are talking about them".
He said he would like to see the band "get a record deal, a good manager and some really good songs and a plan". "There is good chemistry, they are good kids and they have something – you can always tell who has it."
As well as talent "you have to have the ambition, the work ethic, the drive and the belief. That is almost as important as the talent. It is hard work, it is a tough business".
Walsh said he has had a tough year but "I am over all the traumas and getting on with life now".
As a Mayo man, like the Taoiseach, Walsh said Enda Kenny was "doing the best he can. I think he is a nice man, I think he is an honest man. Is he a good leader? I think he is probably okay. Does he have the X-Factor? Maybe the people should do like we do on the 'X Factor' and every few months have a vote.
"That might keep them on their toes. They always promise everything and then they get voted in and they do nothing." He said Ireland "is still a great country. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I'm always positive". Walsh was speaking in Drogheda last night where he was the guest judge at the Coca-Cola School Stars final.