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Louis in BGT hot seat for Jimmy's bid

POP impresario Louis Walsh has jetted back to the UK to film another instalment of Britain's Got Talent.

The Herald can reveal how the Westlife manager has been asked back by programme producers to film the semi-final of the hit ITV show.

He stood in for Simon Cowell after the judge fell ill at the start of the popular show last February and is back to help judge the antics of Irishman Jimmy Ford.

"Louis and Jimmy got on like a house on fire and bonded over the fact that they both came from Mayo," said an insider. "He's coming back to film tomorrow night's programme as that's the one Jimmy will be on."

The 75-year-old entertainer, who lives in Birmingham, arrived on stage dressed as a leprechaun and was over the moon when Louis put him through.

Screening every evening this week, he's one of 40 semi-finalists who will be whittled down ahead of the overall finals this Saturday.

Every evening, the 90-minute show will feature eight acts followed by a 30-minute results show. This will see two performers being voted through to Saturday's grand finale to compete for the £100,000 (€120,000) top prize.

Louis will be joining up for one programme with judges Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon for Wednesday's show as they appraise the various talents of the aspiring stars.

And viewers can expect the pop manager to be pretty handy with his buzzer if he sees an act he doesn't enjoy, judging by Amanda's comments.

She recently claimed that Louis got the programme mixed up with the X Factor and said he was absolutely obsessed with the buzzers.

"He just kept pressing his. It was as if he had a nervous twitch," she said.

"He'd be watching jugglers and going, 'You wouldn't sell records. You just wouldn't sell records'.

"He used all his X Factor lines on our show."

However, Louis reckoned his personality was just what the programme needed.

He said: "People were expecting Simon but they got someone better," he said.

mfinn@herald.ie


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