X Factor's Louis Walsh defends saving Honey G over Ryan Lawrie: "She entertains"

Published Monday, Nov 21 2016, 10:04 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Louis Walsh has strongly defended his decision to save Honey G over Ryan Lawrie in the latest X Factor sing off.

Louis Walsh on Xtra Factor
2016

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The Irish judge said on Xtra Factor that controversial rapper Honey G, 35, is an entertainer who works hard and deserves her place in the show, and he had no regrets about sending singer-songwriter Ryan, 20, home.

Ryan and Honey G landed in the bottom two after their Movie Week performances and had to sing for survival: Ryan's mentor Nicole Scherzinger chose to save him, but the other judges – Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis – all chose to save Honey G.

X Factor: Honey G versus Ryan Lawrie
2016

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On Xtra Factor, one viewer phoned in to ask Louis why he'd chosen to keep a "novelty act" in the show over someone who could "sing."

Louis replied: "It's all about the entertainment factor! Honey G entertains and you never know what she'll do, it's always different. She has the X Factor. She's different. And I think she's a really nice person because I got to know her. She's rehearsing all the time in the corridor, she takes it so seriously. She's having the time of her life and I wasn't sending her home."

On Xtra Factor, one viewer phoned in to ask Louis why he'd chosen to keep a "novelty act" in the show over someone who could "sing."

Louis replied: "But it's all about the entertainment factor! Honey G entertains and you never know what she'll do, it's always different. She has the X Factor. She's different. And I think she's a really nice person because I got to know her. She's rehearsing all the time in the corridor, she takes it so seriously. She's having the time of her life and I wasn't sending her home."

X Factor: Honey G versus Ryan Lawrie
2016

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Meanwhile, a third viewer quizzed Honey's mentor Sharon Osbourne on whether her downfall this week was "she actually tried to rap as opposed to the gimmicks from before."

Laughing, Sharon responded: "There was no problem this week! She went to a different level of rapping. It wasn't so in your face. She can't be the same high energy every week so we'll see what she does next week. She's a great performer, I don't care what anybody says, she's great at what she does."

X Factor continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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