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Louis Walsh: 'Ronan Keating is 'talentless' and 'spoiled'

Independent.ie reporters

Published 28/11/2012 | 08:25

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Louis and Ronan in 2008: Boyzone split in 2000 so Ronan and Stephen Gately could pursue solo careers. Getty Images.
File photo dated 16/08/12 of X Factor judge Louis Walsh who is due to be back in court in Ireland for his defamation case against Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 28, 2012. The music mogul sued the media group after The Sun published a false story that he sexually assaulted a man in a Dublin night-spot. Unemployed dance teacher Leonard Watters was jailed for six months in July for wrongly accusing Walsh of groping him in the celebrity nightclub Krystle after a Westlife concert in April 2011. Walsh took legal action against the Murdoch group over its coverage of Garda inquiries into allegations. He sued for damages, including for aggravated and exemplary damages, over an article published on June 23 2011 with the headline "Louis Probed Over ÔSex Attack' on Man in Loo'. The paper has accepted the accusation was false but have denied defamation, saying that it acted fairly. The case is listed for mention in the High Court in Dublin the day before Lord Justice Leveson's report on media standards and ethics is published. See PA story IRISH Walsh. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

X FACTOR judge Louis Walsh has said he believes fame went to Ronan Keating’s head, and that the singer was turned by the celebrity lifestyle.

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In an interview with music bible Q magazine, the manager of Boyzone described Keating as ‘talentless’ and ‘spoiled’.



He told the magazine that fame went to Keating’s head, and that the Dubliner began to believe he was a great songwriter.



“His head got turned by having nice hotels and chauffeur-driven cars, and he thought he could write songs,” Louis said.



The talent judge said that Keating began to believe he was a superstar in the league of George Michael and Adele, but he insisted that Keating does not share the talents of the singer-songwriters.



“If you’re Ronan Keating, who was working in a shoe shop when I discovered him, but end of thinking you’re George Michael, then you need to be stopped.”



When asked if he thought Adele should not be a singer-songwriter, Walsh said firmly: “No, that rule is for people who have no talent, like Ronan Keating.”



The music manager formed Boyzone in 1993 as Irish competition to Take That.

The band enjoyed huge success with hits like 'Love Me for a Reason' and 'No Matter What', but split in 2000 when Ronan Keating and Stephen Gately decided to pursue solo careers.

Following Gately’s death in 2009, the band reformed but after slow business on a second tour, Louis Walsh parted company with them saying he was too busy and advised them to split up.

Ronan Keating’s released a solo album 'Fires' in the summer, which failed to ignite. It reached number 13 in the Irish charts in its first week of sale, and figures revealed it sold just 181 copies.

Since then Keating has spent a lot of time in Australia where he is a judge on the Australian X Factor.

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