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Louis is the judge with the X Factor... the show can't cope without him – Marcus

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The X Factor...Marcus Collins leaves Fountain Studios in London after taking part in The X Factor eviction show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2011. Kitty Brucknell was tonight kicked out of the programme. See PA story SHOWBIZ XFactor. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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The X Factor...Marcus Collins leaves Fountain Studios in London after taking part in The X Factor eviction show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2011. Kitty Brucknell was tonight kicked out of the programme. See PA story SHOWBIZ XFactor. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire ...E

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The X Factor...Marcus Collins leaves Fountain Studios in London after taking part in The X Factor eviction show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 13, 2011. Kitty Brucknell was tonight kicked out of the programme. See PA story SHOWBIZ XFactor. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire ...E

HE reportedly costs the least money and has made no diva-esque backstage demands.

But according to former X Factor finalist Marcus Collins, the long running talent series couldn't survive without the guidance and cheeky charm of Louis Walsh.

"I don't think the show could cope without him," Marcus told the Herald.

"I didn't mind it when Simon wasn't on it because Gary [Barlow] came in and he had that authoritative nature and was a respected figure.

"But I don't think someone could replace Louis. He's very cheeky. I can't think of anyone who would fill his shoes," he said.

Marcus says Louis is one of the most supportive judges on the panel both on and off camera.

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"Louis is lovely," the 25-year-old singer said. "He does a lot for his acts behind the scenes that people don't see on camera. He's very hands-on and very supportive."

"He doesn't do it for the money – he does it because he loves it. I think Louis really enjoys the show."

But Marcus says he has no desire to audition for Louis' next big boyband.

"I'm too old for a boyband – far too old. I turned 25 last week, so my boyband days are well and truly behind me," he laughed.

Marcus lost out on the title of X Factor winner to girl group Little Mix. He advises any Irish contestants going to stay focused and avoid any backstage bitching.

"You need to stay focused, have a thick skin and only take constructive criticism. Don't let any of the other acts put you down."

Marcus will be appearing as Seaweed Stubbs in kitsch sixties musical Hairspray which opens July 16 at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. "Being in this show is so difrferent to the X Factor - I'm playing someone completely different. I have to act, sing, dance and put on a different accent. I definitely want to do more musicals in the future."

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