Saturday 17 February 2018

'I was offered I’m a Celebrity but I wouldn’t even think about it' - Shane Filan rules out reality TV

Shane Filan, formerly of Westlife.
Shane Filan, formerly of Westlife.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Shane Filan has revealed he would never do reality TV but would not rule joining the judging panel of an entertainment talent show.

Asked if he would join the panel of Ireland's Got Talent, a show proposed by his manager Louis Walsh, the former Westlife star said he would "have to consider it".

"They’re entertainment shows and I’m in the entertainment business so a judging panel like X Factor or The Voice, stuff like that, of course if something came your way like that you would have to think about it," he said.

Shane (36) praised fellow former Westlifer Kian Egan for his role on the coaching panel of The Voice of Ireland and has himself appeared as guest judge alongside Louis on The  X Factor.

However, he added that he would never do reality TV despite numerous offers and despite the fact that Kian won I'm a Celebrity: Get Me out of Here! on ITV in 2013.

"I got offered to do I’m a Celebrity but I wouldn’t even think about it - they’re not really the kind of shows I want to do," he told

"The entertainment business is a different thing – I’d have to consider it.  But it would have to be something to do with singing.  I wouldn’t be able to judge something that has nothing to do with singing.  There’d be no point. 

"I wouldn’t want to be on a show to try to get famous. I’d want to be good at it, to be able to give a genuine opinion and enjoy it.  But if I’m not going to enjoy it there’s no point doing it just for the sake of it."

Shane is gearing up for a UK and Ireland tour kicking off on March 3 with Belfast, Cork and Dublin dates on the 15, 18, and 19.

The tour comes on the back of his second solo album, Right Here, which went to number one in the Irish charts on release back in October.

"This is the most exciting part of the year, of the album cycle," says Shane.  "You spend 4 to 5 months in studio making the album, then putting it out there, hoping it’s good enough, so the tour is really a celebration of the album, the end of the cycle."

Shane's career is still managed by Louis, who stuck with him following the Westlife split in 2012, and who kept a steer on him throughout his 11 years on X Factor.

"Louis’ first love has always been managing, from managing show bands to managing Boyzone and all the other stuff," says Shane.

"He’s still 100 per cent behind me in my career.  He’s always honest with me, too honest!  Sometimes I’m like, ‘Louis you don’t need to be that honest!’ 

"But that’s what I need in a manager.  I need somebody to tell me the way to go, is this right, and he’ll say ‘yeah’ or ‘no, I don’t think it’s right’ because every decision is very important, especially when you’re a solo artist."

Louis has little cause for slapping Shane these days (he slapped a young Shane on one occasion when he did a bad audition for Simon Cowell) as they're on the same page after 18 years working together.

"I think we agree to disagree like any artist and manager," says Shane. "I think we’re fairly on the same page in terms of where I should be at in my career, musically, we would be very close on that.  There’s no point if you’re constantly fighting battles.

"He’s as excited about the tour as I am.  Even when we were in Westlife, he was always coming down to the shows, walking out through the crowd meeting people. He loves it. He’s a music man."

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