Hometown hope to make it big with a little help from Ed Sheeran
Louis Walsh wants his new boyband Hometown to break the UK - with a little help from superstar Ed Sheeran.
The hit singer-songwriter penned the band's new single, Cry For Help, which they hope will follow their last single, Where I Belong, that earned them the number one spot in the Irish charts before Christmas.
"We'll be back in studio shortly. While this song is being released, we're going to be heading back over to London to record some more," the band said.
"We want to finish the rest of the album and hopefully hit the UK after that."
Meanwhile, X Factor judge Louis is planning a nationwide Irish tour for the boys in the coming months.
"The plan is to release three singles in the UK and then the album and the plan here is four singles and then the album," Louis added.
"But they're going to tour all round the country. They're going everywhere.
"Their music is great and it's wide open for a brand new boyband. We've got One Direction and who else is there really?," he said.
While Mayo native Louis has yet to reveal if he'll be heading back to the top UK talent show, he told the Nicky Byrne Show on 2fm that if he does he'll work hard to get Hometown a guest spot.
Louis (62) believes the time is right for the boys - Ryan, Josh, Dean, Dayl, Brendan and Cian - to make it big.
"It's a brilliant time for Irish music. Look at Hozier, look at Kodaline, there's so many great bands," he said.