Tuesday 20 November 2018

Louis Walsh stands by X Factor Misha B ‘bully’ comments

File photo dated 06/06/12 of X Factor judge Louis Walsh who has suggested that he will bow out of the show after 10 years because he does not want to turn into Sir Bruce Forsyth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 14, 2012. Walsh, 60, returns to the ninth series of the ITV1 show on Saturday with fellow judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger and admitted that the UK X Factor had suffered without Simon Cowell. He told the Radio Times: 'This is my ninth year and every year I get nervous that Simon will bring someone new in, but I know the show and what works. See PA story SHOWBIZ XFactor Walsh. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
File photo dated 06/06/12 of X Factor judge Louis Walsh who has suggested that he will bow out of the show after 10 years because he does not want to turn into Sir Bruce Forsyth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 14, 2012. Walsh, 60, returns to the ninth series of the ITV1 show on Saturday with fellow judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger and admitted that the UK X Factor had suffered without Simon Cowell. He told the Radio Times: 'This is my ninth year and every year I get nervous that Simon will bring someone new in, but I know the show and what works. See PA story SHOWBIZ XFactor Walsh. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Independent.ie reporters

LOUIS Walsh has said he stands by comments he made last year branding X Factor contestant Misha B ‘a bully’.

In a show never short of controversy, Louis provided one of its most controversial moments in the last series - he accused Misha B, one of the favourites to win the competition, of being a backstage bully live on air.

Speaking at the launch of the new series, Walsh said: “We're just being honest. We sometimes say things we shouldn't say, but we're emotionally involved in our acts and we want to win.”

Fellow judge Tulisa added: “Whenever I'm on the show, I'm saying what I'm thinking. I don't premeditate situations and think, 'I'll be like this or do something like that”.

"I'm just 100% me. What comes to me at the time comes to me. If people like me, great, if they don't, so be it. It's always going to be about the music.

"You need to see every side of a person and see them in every situation. When you do that, there will be tears, drama and laughs, but it's still about the music and it doesn't make it any less credible a show."

The incident, dubbed ‘Bully-gate’ by some in the media, was widely seen as seriously damaging Misha B’s hopes of winning the talent show.

The New series of the X Factor begins tomorrow night on TV3.

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