Kian: I'm not scared to be Mr Nasty

Kian Egan says he has no problems being Mr Nasty when it comes to his judging role

Kian Egan has said he is not worried about being the Mr Nasty of The Voice of Ireland as long as he is being honest.

The former Westlife singer is a coach on the Irish version of the singing talent show and last series drew some criticism for being too critical of contestants, so he turned to former Westlife manager and X Factor judge Louis Walsh for advice.

But Kian said: "I think it's unfair to tell people that they're amazing, if it wasn't. At one or two points I became Mr Nasty on the show last year and I said to Louis, 'I don't know what to do about this.'

"And Louis said 'You're doing something right, because people are talking about you, whether it's because you're Mr Nasty or Mr Nice, it doesn't matter, because you're in there doing what you're supposed to be doing, and that's critiquing these people'."

Kian said he could be nice to contestants just to be popular.

He said: "I always had the opinion I was going to go on there and be extremely honest and tell people exactly what I thought, and not worry about my reputation as an individual.

"I think on the show we had an awful lot of that, people not being 100 per cent honest because they were afraid of what the public might think of them and I wanted to be the one to say what people were thinking, rather than just sit there and tell everybody that they were great."

Kian has been a co-hosting the new series of Surprise, Surprise with Holly Willoughby.

He said: "Having that type of a show back on the telly is a really positive thing and it's great to be a part of that."

The last episode of Surprise, Surprise airs on ITV at 7pm on Saturday November 24 2012.

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