Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Stars? More like Dancing With The Staff' - Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh

Sean O'Grady

Louis Walsh has said there's plenty of room for another big prime-time show alongside Dancing With The Stars - because the RTE series didn't attract any "stars".

The pop guru (65), who will be a judge on TV3's Ireland's Got Talent, was unimpressed with the line-up for the dancing show.

"Dancing With The Stars? There were no stars. It was more like Dancing With The Staff," he said.

"I thought it was a good show, but there's room for two big shows. Ireland's Got Talent is a short enough run, I think."

Judges Pippa O Connor and Louis Walsh at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Competition at the Tivoli Theatre Dublin.
Judges Pippa O Connor and Louis Walsh at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Competition at the Tivoli Theatre Dublin.

LUNATICS

Dancing With The Stars received some criticism for its line-up, which some people complained included RTE personalities including Des Cahill and Teresa Mannion.

Des and Karen
Des and Karen

TV3 recently revealed that it had been inundated with applications for Ireland's Got Talent, with the auditions set to begin filming in November.

Despite Ireland's small population, Walsh does not think the show will ever suffer from a shortage of talent.

Teresa and Ryan
Teresa and Ryan

"We have more lunatics per square mile than anywhere else in the whole world," he told the Herald.

"We're looking for dancing dogs and singing nuns and choirs and comedians - everything. I just want to be shocked, I want to be shocked every day."

The X Factor judge insisted there had never been another show like Ireland's Got Talent on screens before.

"I want it to be a big show. We've never had a show like this here," he added.

"The All-Ireland Talent Show was good, but I think this is going to be better.

"I've been trying to get it done for years. Because Simon Cowell owns the format, I knew we could get it."

Joining the Mayo man on the judging panel will be comedian Jason Byrne, British TV presenter Denise Van Outen and RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage.

"I saw Michelle Visage on RuPaul's Drag Race and I loved her," said Walsh.

"We're friends - she'll be my Sharon Osbourne on the show. I've known Denise for years, and Jason is funny."

recycled

Walsh was speaking at the launch of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture fashion competition.

He and model Pippa O'Connor will be judges for the contest for secondary school students to create outfits from recycled materials.

Students are invited to enter, with more information available on junkkouture.com

Herald

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