Saturday 24 March 2018

Louis Walsh: 'You won't catch me doing silly reality shows'

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh

Sharon McGowan

Louis Walsh is looking for a new TV gig after leaving X Factor - but he insists he won't appear on any "silly" reality shows.

The music mogul (63) has already turned down two offers to appear on popular adventure shows because he has no interest in "being a celebrity".

"I've been offered two silly shows this week," the former talent show judge said.

"One is in the jungle [I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here] and the other is Bear Grylls [Mission to Survive].

Louis Walsh has been cast as a studio cleaner in new X Factor ad
Louis Walsh has been cast as a studio cleaner in new X Factor ad

"I don't want to do it, I don't want to be a celebrity - I want to be a manager. I'm a good manager, but a bad celebrity."

While Louis won't be taking a trip into the jungle anytime soon, he also said "no way" to showing off his dance skills on Strictly Come Dancing, as he only wants to work with music.

"If the right show had something to do with music I definitely would go back," he added.

The Mayo man, who recently made a guest appearance in the promo for X Factor, opened up about his decision to walk away from the show after 11 years, saying he had no regrets.

Pulling no punches: Louis Walsh
Pulling no punches: Louis Walsh

"I loved doing the show for the first 10 years, I didn't love last year. I liked it, it paid me well, but I didn't have a great time," Louis said. "I think I was there too long."

The former Westlife manager also said he was frustrated by contestants who didn't take the show seriously.

"Sometimes I cared more than they cared and that really annoyed me, because at the end of the show they're the people that have to go off and have a career - I'll have a job anyway," Louis said.

"People don't realise you have to work."

The former Popstars judge admitted talent shows such as the X Factor aren't for everyone.

"I think for someone like Ed Sheeran, George Ezra or Hozier, it's not the right way to go," he said.

Speaking on the Nicky Byrne Show on 2fm yesterday, Walsh also revealed he would include Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating in his ultimate boyband line-up - despite his famous fall out with the Dublin crooner.

"No, we haven't [made up], but he works hard and he's very ambitious. There's nothing he won't do to get a hit," he said.


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