LOUIS Walsh has been involved with some of Britain’s biggest pop bands.
He has returned to our screens for the new series of X Factor which is back on this weekend – here’s the lowdown…
Who is Louis Walsh? What is his background?
Michael Louis Vincent Walsh, 65, was born August 5, 1952, in Ireland.
He is an entertainment manager and judge on the X Factor.
Originally from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Louis moved to Dublin in the 90s to get a start in the music industry.
He managed Boyzone and Westlife, two of Ireland’s most successful pop bands in the 1990s and 2000s.
In later life, Louis began a career in TV.
He has since become a well-known judge on British and Irish talent shows.
What bands has Louis Walsh managed?
Louis has manged numerous well-known pop bands, since becoming a manager in the 90s:
- Boyzone 1993 to 2000
- Westlife 1998 to 2012
- Samantha Mumba 2000 to 02
- Ronan Keating 2000 to 03
- Bellefire 1999 to 2004
- Six 2001 to 02
- Girls Aloud 2002
- G4 2004 to 07
- Shayne Ward 2005 to 09
- Jedward 2009 to 13
- Wonderland 2010 to 11
- Union J 2013 to 15
- Hometown 2013 to 16
- Shane Filan 2012 to present
- Myles and Connor 2012 to present
What TV shows has Louis Walsh been on?
Louis is a well-known face on the TV thanks to appearing on X Factor.
But he has also been a judge on other telly talent shows:
- Irish Popstars
- Popstars: The Rivals
- You’re a Star
- Ireland’s Got Talent
Have Louis Walsh and Ronan Keating fallen out?
When Ronan Keating announced he wanted to take a break from Boyzone in the 90s, Louis continued to manage his career.
Ronan achieved a number one hit with Life is a Rollercoaster in 2000 while his album sold 4.4 million copies.
But after this, they parted company and then had a bitter falling out.
At the time Louis said: “[Ronan] wasn’t the most talented one [out of Boyzone] – he’s not a great singer and he’s got no personality.”
Ronan later told Closer magazine: “That man absolutely tried to ruin me and if he thinks we can ever hug and make up he can forget it.
“I haven’t heard from him in three years and I wouldn’t have a problem if I never saw him again. He’s not a nice character.”
The feud between the two men ended in March 2008 when Ronan joined Louis at “Judge’s House” round on X Factor.
What is Louis Walsh’s net worth?
Louis has amassed quite a fortune since the 90s.
He is worth around £116million.
This is through his TV career and being a band manager.
When is the X Factor on?
The X Factor 2017 will continue this weekend 8pm on Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday on ITV.
The show began, as always, with auditions before moving into the Bootcamp stage as the nationwide hunt to find this year’s winning act begins.
Dermot O’Leary will be hosting after making his big comeback to the show last year.