“The X Factor” U.K. judge Louis Walsh has once again publicly insulted someone he has worked with as a judge on the show. In interviews he did in 2011, Walsh has called Simon Cowell a “fool” and said that former “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole would “soon be forgotten.”
Walsh has now taken aim at Take That member Gary Barlow, who replaced Cowell as head judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in May 2011.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Walsh says:
“Gary thinks he’s the new Simon but he’s not. He needs to realize ‘The X Factor’ is a television program, not a singing contest. A show like this needs characters to make it interesting. People like Kitty Brucknell. Everyone’s talking about her. It’s acts like her that make this show work and get people watching.
“Gary says he’s not as vain as Simon but he has his own chef. He has all his meals prepared for him. He’s very careful about what he eats, when he eats and how much. Don’t forget he was the tubby one in Take That. He looks good now but looking like that takes work. Gary’s been through it. He gets it. His career was a joke at one stage but now he’s fronting the biggest band in the country.”
Walsh had kinder words for his fellow “X Factor” U.K. judges Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, who both joined the show in May 2011. Contostavlos replaced Cole, and Rowland replaced Dannii Minogue.
“I had no idea who N-Dubz were. I heard this girl Tulisa was coming in and I thought, ‘Oh my God, it will be a chav in a tracksuit.’ But I was surprised. She’s gobby and feisty. All she asks for in her dressing room are cans of Red Bull energy drinks.
“Kelly is a perfectionist. She takes great care of herself. I know she has asked for a treadmill in her dressing room so she can run every day.”
Walsh is the only “X Factor” U.K. judge who has been with the show since its 2004 debut. But with the show’s judging panel going through a big overhaul in 2011, Walsh said he had to fight for his job to stay on the panel:
“I had to sit down with the new producers and talk about why I wanted to do the show again. They wanted to know I still cared about the show and wanted to be part of it. And I do.”
As for his “X Factor” boss Cowell (who is still an executive producer of the show), Walsh predicts that Cowell will never get married. Cowell and makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy announced their engagement in 2010. In an interview in GQ’s September 2011 issue, Cowell refused to comment on the status of his relationship with Hussainy. Walsh says:
“I don’t think Simon will ever get married – the hours don’t suit him. He’s not a nine-to-five man and that’s what he would have to be.”