Monday 11 December 2017

Survivor Louis tried to get Cheryl back on 'X Factor'

Louis Walsh will continue as a judge on X Factor
Louis Walsh will continue as a judge on X Factor

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

POP mogul Louis Walsh last night claimed he tried -- but failed -- to get Cheryl Cole back on to the UK version of the 'X Factor'.

The Westlife manager was speaking after it was confirmed he will be the only surviving panelist from the last series.

Walsh said he was "always quietly confident" he would return as a judge.

He will be joined by Take That's Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos of urban hip-hop band N-Dubz.

"I've had success with people like JLS, Shayne Ward and Jedward. I have more experience than anybody," he told the Irish Independent.

"I kept the 'X Factor' gig because I'm pretty dependable," he said.

"The first 'X Factor' auditions are in Birmingham next week and there's no danger of me turning up in purple flares," he said, in reference to a fashion faux pas made by Cole at the first auditions of the US 'X Factor'.

The singer has since been dropped from the US series, and Walsh said he couldn't win back her slot on the British show for her.

He also played down comments by Simon Cowell, who claimed the Irishman would clash with rival judge Contostavlos over what the winning performers should look and sound like.

"You can't agree on everything all the time, that's the fun part," he said.

Walsh also said he was a fan of Rowland's music while Barlow had inspired him to form Boyzone after he saw Take That performing in Dublin.

"Myself and Gary go back years. It's a good team. Now where's the talent?" he asked.

Last night former judge Cowell said: "These four are totally up for it, each of them bring a different attitude. They have had a tonne of hits between them and they are all committed to finding a star," he added.

Dannii Minogue has also left the line-up of the British show since the last series.

Irish Independent

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