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X Factor features audition by 'very unusual' Kerryman who's 'a bit like Daniel O'Donnell' - Louis Walsh

Eoghan McNeill

Published 29/08/2014 | 11:51

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Louis Walsh arrives for the Manchester auditions of The X Factor at Lancashire County Cricket Club on June 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
Louis Walsh arrives for the Manchester auditions of The X Factor at Lancashire County Cricket Club on June 16, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is back on The X Factor
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is back on The X Factor

X Factor fans can look forward to a “very unusual” Irishman from Killarney who’s “a bit like Daniel O’Donnell,” according to Louis Walsh.

The Kerryman will appear on the opening show of the talent competition – airing on TV3 tomorrow evening – and is one of ten Irish people involved in its eleventh series.

Louis – speaking on Newstalk while en route to Glenda Gilson’s wedding in Co. Clare – said that he has Simon Cowell to thank for keeping his place on the judging panel.

“Simon said that ITV aren’t jumping up and down about you, but it’s my show and I want you,” he said.

Louis revealed he has completed the Judges Houses stage of the show, choosing to bring former judge Tulisa Contostavlos to help pick his acts for the live shows.

“She deserved a break. She’s looking really well," he said.

“When the real story comes out about what The Sun actually did to her, people will be horrified,” said Louis, referring to the tabloid’s cocaine sting on the ex-N-Dubz singer.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – once Cheryl Cole – will return to the judging panel after a three-year absence.

Simon Cowell recently suggested Cheryl’s axing from the US X Factor was for apparent weight gain – Louis maintained his boss’s comments were harmless.

“It was tongue-in-cheek – they’re like brother and sister. They fight a lot,” he said.

Louis said he’s gotten a sneak-preview of the opening show, and that viewers can expect a new X Factor.

“I saw a bit of the first show with Simon. It’s very different, it’s changed a lot, Simon’s spent a lot of money,” he promised.

While Louis wouldn’t say what category he will mentor in the show, he was confident of his chances of success:

“I’ve got very good acts. I’ll be in the final,” he said.

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