Former X Factor judge Louis Walsh: I would have got on well with Rita Ora, she’s a funny bunny
Music manager Louis Walsh has no interest in returning to the X Factor panel, as he would miss his former co-stars such as Sharon Osbourne too much.
The 63-year-old was a judge on the talent show for eleven years.
“I loved doing the show for ten years,” Louis told Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene on RTE 2FM. “I didn't love it last year if I’m really honest with you. I liked it and it paid me well but I think I was just there too long and I was cracking up a bit.”
The Mayo man insists it “absolutely suits him” to take a break from the show as the format and lineup has now completely changed.
“I spent a lot of time with Rita,” he said of the newly instated judge. “She’s a funny, funny bunny. I would have got on well with her.”
He added that viewers should give radio DJ and presenter Nick ‘Grimmy’ Grimshaw a chance.
“I think Nick Grimshaw is going to be ok. I thought it was a strange choice originally. I thought it was going to be Lionel Richie, and that would have been a good call.”
“I hope he works out, it’ll be tough during the live shows cause you really have to mentor them,” Louis said.
The music manager revealed that his favourite season on the show was two years ago, when he sat on a panel alongside Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow.
“We’d go out every Sunday night together,” Louis said. “We took turns going to different restaurants and we took turns getting the bill. Sharon had strippers lined up one night in The Dorchester. Nicole used to drink so much, she can drink!”
“We keep in touch,” he said of the former Pussycat Doll performer. “I adore her. She emailed me last night at 3am.”
Speaking about his favourite acts to work with over the duration of the hit entertainment show, Louis listed some of the highlights and low points.
“I loved Shayne Ward. I thought JLS were really nice people, they got it. They weren't just there to be famous, they were brilliant to work with.”
“Of course there were the carcrashes,” he added. “Jedward, Wagner... Mary Byrne was good. She had a good story, but sometimes, I cared more than they did which was hard.”
The industry veteran agreed that it is harder than ever for aspiring performers to crack the limelight.
“When I did the auditions for Hometown, I saw 1,000 people. 80 percent of them said they wouldn't do X Factor - they didn't want to be part of ‘that machine.’”
“For the Ed Sheerans, Hoziers, George Ezras, - it’s not the way to go. But for some people it works, look at One Direction, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson,” he mused.