During his ten years on The X Factor judging panel he has witnessed the likes of JLS, Leona Lewis and One Direction launch chart-topping pop careers. So when it comes to the struggles of his BBC rival, The Voice, Louis Walsh is entitled to a certain degree of smugness.
In the past he hasn’t exactly been shy about expressing his opinions on BBC1’s struggling singing contest so when asked what makes The X Factor superior, he replied with glee: “They’ve never had a star. The idea is to find a star who has a career. They’ve never done that.”
And he has a point, after series one winner Leanne Mitchell sold just 895 copies of her debut album, earning it an embarrassing chart position of 134. Time will tell whether this year’s winner, Andrea Begley, will fare any better…
Although, after extolling the virtues of his own gig – “it’s the biggest and the best show in town” – Louis did concede that there was one aspect of The Voice he could make his peace with. “I like the chairs – the chairs are really good.”
Series ten of The X Factor begins on ITV this August.