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Irish talent is much bigger in this year's X Factor - Louis

IT has been a quiet few years for Irish talent on the X Factor, with no Irish finalists on last year's programme whatsoever.

However, Louis Walsh believes that is all set to change as a number of Irish faces have made it through to the second round of the show after the Dublin auditions.

"I don't want to name any names as we are just about to start the arena round but I am very confident that there will be a few Irish contestants making it through to the live shows," he told the Herald.

It was the first time in four years that the talent contest held auditions in Dublin and the Irish manager said fellow judge Simon Cowell teased him incessantly by during the show's spell here.

"Simon thinks that I know absolutely everyone in Ireland and they know me," he joked.

The Mayo-native was a surprise inclusion in this year's judging panel after announcing his retirement from the talent show after ten years.

"I honestly didn't think I would return for one more year but then Simon came back and I do love it," he said. "It's my eleventh year and I must say it's the best job in the world."


The 61-year-old said he is enjoying sitting beside former Spice Girl Mel B in her inaugural year as judge, "I love Mel, I think she is my new best friend, her judging skills are brilliant as she keeps it very real and honest."

Louis was speaking at the launch night of the Spenser Hotel in the Dublin docklands area where he was accompanied by close friend, stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick.

The TV presenter is working with Louis on his new boy band, Hometown.

"I am styling the boys and it's been an absolute joy, they are all so hard-working and their already sizeable following is proof of that,"said Lisa.

The singers, who are from all over Ireland have been gradually making forays into the showbiz world.

Made up of Josh Grey (17), Dean Gibbons (20), Brendan Murray (17), Cian Morrin (19), Dayl Cronin (20) and Ryan McLoughlin (20), the band is being tipped as one to watch this year.

Their proud manager even hinted that a major television project is in the pipeline in Japan.