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Louis Walsh: Cowell's girlfriend 'too nice for him'

Mezhgan Hussainy is "too nice" for Simon Cowell, fellow TV judge Louis Walsh claimed today.

The make-up artist is dating the acerbic X Factor judge, whom she initially met on the set of American Idol, and Walsh, 57, joked she could do better.

"I know his girlfriend, she really is gorgeous. She's much too nice for him, much too nice," he said.

Walsh, the face of Tango Fake Tan wipes, refused to confirm or deny the reports surrounding their rumoured nuptials, saying: "Simon getting married? Yeah, I heard about this. He didn't tell me at Christmas that he was going to get married.

"If he's getting married, I'll go to the wedding. I wonder who will wear white?"

While he has yet to score an invite, Walsh already has an idea what he would get the couple as a wedding gift.

I'll get him nothing. No, a mirror. He loves mirrors. He loves looking at himself," he added.

The music manager, who stepped in for Cowell on Britain's Got Talent when he was ill, insisted that, despite the on-screen rivalry, they are actually close friends.

"Simon and I are good pals. We're friends except when we walk out on The X Factor, he always has a go at me," he says.

"And I never expect it. We're good friends behind the scenes, we do Westlife together, we are friends."

Walsh pointed fingers at celebrities such as Katie Price and Dale Winton for slapping on the fake tan.

"Sometimes I think a lot of people put on too much fake tan - Jordan, Peter Andre and Dale Winton. Simon Cowell uses a little bit," he revealed.

But pasty-faced Walsh is not a "big fan" of it.

"I'm always very white anyway. I think it helps some people, it gives them a bit of confidence. I don't particularly need any confidence so I'm fine."

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