Tuesday 27 September 2016

Louis Walsh: 'X Factor wasn't as good without me'

Amy Mulvaney

Published 09/06/2016 | 10:08

Louis Walsh attends the X Factor Wembley Arena auditions at Wembley on August 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Louis Walsh attends the X Factor Wembley Arena auditions at Wembley on August 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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The former X Factor panel: (left to right) Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh
The X-Factor judging panel of (left to right) Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh. Photo: PA

Louis Walsh has said that X Factor’s ratings dropped last year because he was axed.

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The pop manager was dropped from the show in 2015 after 11 years as a judge on the singing competition. 

He was the longest running judge on the series and slammed replacements Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, saying he knew "from the first show it wasn't going to work."

“I know I wasn’t there last year and it wasn’t as good,” he said in an interview with BBC Radio 2.

The former X Factor panel: (left to right) Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh
The former X Factor panel: (left to right) Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh

Walsh has been re-hired as a judge for the show’s 13th season, alongside former favourites Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and, of course, Simon Cowell.

The 63-year-old also took a swipe at ex-panellist Cheryl (whom he has an ongoing feud with), mentioning her marriage to Ashley Cole, which ended in 2010.

“[Nadine Coyle] should have married a footballer, look at Victoria Beckham, it worked for her. And wasn’t Cheryl married to a footballer?” he said.

The Mayo native also slated U2 frontman Bono, saying: “He’s everywhere except with U2. He needs to stay in U2 and do some music.”

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