Louis Walsh: 'X Factor should have a two audition limit'

Published Thursday, Oct 10 2013, 14:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Louis Walsh has suggested X Factor should put a limit on the number of times a contestant is allowed to audition.

This year's series saw the return of familiar faces such as Jade Richards, Melanie McCabe and Joseph Whelan, who had all auditioned and found a degree of success on the show before.

During an appearance on ITV's This Morning today, Louis didn't name names but did suggest perhaps there should be a rule that a hopeful can only audition twice.

Louis Walsh, Luke Friend, Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald on This Morning, 10 October 2013


Louis on This Morning with his final three boys (l-r): Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend.

He cited previous winner Alexandra Burke as an example. She auditioned in 2005 and made it to Louis' top seven before he sent her home because he felt she was too young. She returned again in 2008 and went on to win.

"I think they should only do it twice," said Louis, when asked about an audition limit. "I had Alexandra Burke. She didn't get through when I had her, then she came back and won the competition."

He said he thought Paul Akister, who was sent home from judges' houses this year, should return and audition next year. "I think Paul can do the same [as Alexandra]. I love his voice."

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Alexandra Burke auditioned twice - and went on to win and enjoy a successful career.

'The X Factor' Judges Houses, TV Programme - 05 Oct 2013
Paul Akister

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Paul Akister was a fan favourite but Louis sent him home at judges' houses.

Louis chose Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend as his three acts for the boys category for live shows this year.

"I think I'm in with a very good chance [of winning], I really do... The boys had to fight. I hated having to send Paul home as he's an amazing singer and I hope he comes back next year. I don't listen to [reactions] on Twitter or look at Twitter. I go with my heart and I picked the three I thought were best for this year."

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