‘I could still win X Factor’, says Walsh

Staff reporter

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has stated that he is confident one of his acts can win the X Factor again.

The Irish music manager has only had one winning act in the show’s nine-series history, when he led Manchester-Irish singer Shayne Ward to victory in 2005.

Speaking ahead of the show’s tenth series, Walsh said: “If I get the right category and the right person then I could win the show, no doubt about it because I always pick the right songs.”

Walsh added that he was also upset he wasn’t given the title of ‘head judge’ in his 10th – and supposedly final – year.

“I know what I’m looking for and I’m a team player and it’s the best job in the world,” he said. “I’m very grateful to be doing it and I know I’m lucky.

“Although as it is my 10th year I was kind of hoping to have the head judge mug but Sharon has stolen that this year from Gary [Barlow].

“Maybe the producers or ITV will buy me a carriage clock instead to mark my decade on the show.”

Walsh is the bookies’ pre-show favourite to win this year’s X Factor based on speculation that he will mentor the boys, a traditionally strong category.

The X Factor is back this Sunday August 31 at 8pm on ITV.


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