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VIDEO: No lawsuit by Billy McGuinness, but Louis Walsh 'must apologise'

Laura Butler

Published 03/03/2014 | 02:30

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Linda Martin confronts Billy McGuinness on the the Late Late Eurosong special as presenter Ryan Tubridy tries to restore order. Picture Andres Poveda
Linda Martin confronts Billy McGuinness on the the Late Late Eurosong special as presenter Ryan Tubridy tries to restore order. Picture Andres Poveda
Linda Martin got out of her seat and addressed McGuinness who was seated in the audience.
Mentor Billy McGuinness and Linda Martin argue in front of a surprised Ryan Tubridy last night
Mentor Billy McGuinness and Linda Martin argue in front of a surprised Ryan Tubridy last night

EUROSONG mentor Billy McGuinness has withdrawn his threat to sue music mogul Louis Walsh – but he has demanded an apology from the 'X Factor' judge.

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Mayoman Walsh (60) said live on air during last Friday's 'Late Late Show' that he thought the Aslan guitarist was "on something", after McGuinness (53) criticised him for his involvement in the Eurosong competition.

McGuinness claimed Walsh could manipulate the public text vote by getting celebrities to show their support for runner-up Eoghan Quigg and winning act Kasey Smith.

"I don't know what Billy is on but he is on something, and it's not a good thing," former Westlife manager Walsh responded during Friday's eventful show.

While he was furious about the comments, Dubliner McGuinness said yesterday that he does not plan to take legal action.

"No I'm not going to go down that road. An apology would suffice and it would be a nice thing for him to do," the Aslan star said.

 

"We always say things in heat of the moment and he shouldn't have said it, but comments aside, it was just drama on the night.

"There were people saying I went around the dressing room with cans of beer, but that's nonsense.

"I didn't have a drop of alcohol until after Laura's performance, because I wanted to be clear-headed."

Walsh declined to comment when contacted yesterday.

McGuinness said that he still wants Walsh, as well as Linda Martin, to be removed from the expert panel.

Irish Independent

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