Exclusive: Former X Factor judge Louis Walsh: 'I'm so sick of One Direction!'

Published Tuesday, Nov 24 2015, 18:30 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Louis Walsh thinks One Direction are just five lads who "got lucky".

Despite being a former X Factor judge, Louis has no time for 1D, who are the show's most successful ever act.

Louis Walsh


The band - originally made up of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik - were formed on The X Factor back in 2010. Zayn left the band in March and the others are about to take a break. And for Louis, it can't come soon enough.

He said: "I'm so bored of One Direction, honest to god. I've had five years of One Direction - I wish they'd go off in a different direction!

"I don't care now, I've had enough. I saw them on X Factor recently and they were just going through the motions. If that was Take That or Westlife, they'd really put on a show. They're the luckiest guys in the world."

One Direction perform last concert in Sheffield before hiatus
31 Oct 2015


After 11 years as a judge, Louis, 63, parted ways with X Factor this year and was replaced by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

He turned down a spot on ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! and is now managing new Irish boyband, Hometown. But Louis hasn't ruled out a return to our TV screens.

"I met the I'm A Celeb producers three times and was about to sign up, then I made a mistake," he explained. "I told Simon I was thinking of doing it. He told me not to – he said it wouldn't be good for my credibility as a manager.

"He wants me to stay in music and said he might have another show for me."

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh using Sony BRAVIA TV

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So how does Louis think he'd have fared in the Australian jungle?

"I'd have done well," he says. "X Factor is like a jungle and there's a few snakes on there too!"

Louis, who is working with Sony to promote their new BRAVIA TVs, admits he sometimes gets himself in trouble with the things he says.

"I'm a bit of a loose cannon," he admitted. "I tend to say stuff I shouldn't say, but I can't change. Sometimes I'm talking and I think, 'I shouldn't be saying this', but I still say it. It's too late to change now!"

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