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Sharon Osbourne admits herself and Louis Walsh had wild night before Dublin X Factor auditions: 'You should have seen us last night'

Sean O'Grady

Published 01/07/2016 | 19:48

LOUIS Walsh has said he expects to find the next big thing at Dublin’s X Factor auditions as Ireland has the most talented people.

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Aspiring pop stars and legions of music fans turned out in their droves at Croke Park for the Irish round of the talent show auditions.

Music mogul Louis (63) is joined by Simon Cowell and fellow returning judges Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger.

The last time Simon and co came to the capital in 2010, One Direction Niall Horan was discovered, and Mayo man Louis reckons that this year’s batch of Irish hopefuls were “superb”.

“I always say to Simon, if you want talent, then come to Ireland,” Louis told the Herald.

“We are a small is­land and we have the most talented people here. This is the sec­ond-last audition. There is another day in London, but the talent here has been superb.”

Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
Nicole Scherzinger arrives at Croke Park in Dublin, ahead of the Dublin auditions for the upcoming series of the X Factor. Photo: Garrett White/PA Wire
Louis Walsh arrives at Croke Park in Dublin, ahead of the Dublin auditions for the upcoming series of the X Factor. Photo: Garrett White/PA Wire
Dermot O'Leary arrives at Croke Park in Dublin, ahead of the Dublin auditions for the upcoming series of the X Factor. Photo: Garrett White/PA Wire

The X Factor judging panel has suffered through many line-up changes in recent years.

This year’s series marks his return to the show after a dramatic exit from the series in 2014 after being reportedly sacked by boss Cowell.

However, many fans felt the show was not the same without Louis and he has returned, replacing radio DJ Nick Grimshaw.

Back in business with Sharon and Nicole, the pop manager reckons this is the best line-up of all. FAVOURITE “I love them. They are my favourite judges in the whole world,” he said. “It is the dream team. It’s Simon, Sharon, Nicole and me and obviously Dermot O’Leary. We are looking brilliant.”

When asked if he’s looking for a solo star or the next big boyband, Walsh said all he wants to find is talent.

“I don’t care as long as they are really good and are prepared to work hard.

Despite criticism from some who say the show has not produced enough successful winners, Louis insisted it all comes down to the exposure being on The X Factor provides.

“We are looking for someone who can repre­sent Ireland. This is a huge platform if you want to get a record deal. It’s the best year yet for me.”

Meanwhile, close pal Sha­ron (63) said she was thrilled to be back on the panel.

“It is good to be back, it really is,” she said.

“Working with your good friend, there is nothing like it, is there? I felt the timing was right to come back.

The TV veteran was look­ing forward to seeing what talent Dublin had to offer.

She and Louis have been making the most of their time in each other’s company again, with Sharon joking they enjoyed a wild night before the auditions.

“You should have seen us last night,” she said.

Nicole Scherzinger revealed she was looking for­ward to seeing what Dublin had to offer.

“It is so exciting to be here.

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