Louis Walsh is a judge on the popular X Factor TV show. As a judge on this show, Louis Walsh is now one very busy guy and it looks as though he’s just too busy for Boyzone. The reality show’s music manager, 58, has been said to have told the group’s singer, James King, that they should separate and take their music away from the show. This would certainly explain Louis’ recent statements.
Last month, it was announced that the boyzone had parted ways with their long time singer, Louis Walsh. The reason cited was an argument that broke out between the pair over the manner in which the show’s judges were selecting the band. Boyzone was to be Number One this year but lost out to sabotage attacks from Walsh and his camp.
Last week, we brought you the scoop that the Boyzone will not be performing at Reading Festival this year. That set off a chain of events that has threatened to take the Simon Leeping stage away from the Irish band. Louis Walsh has taken to the microphone to state that he’s considering Boyzone’s performance in Reading to be a matter of fact. According to reports in the UK, Boyzone are to pull out of this year’s Reading Festival out of respect for their former boss, Simon Leeping. The original judge, Louis Walsh, made this announcement in a strongly worded letter sent to the organizing committee on behalf of the band.
In that letter, Walsh expressed his frustration at the way that boyzone’s booking was done. He cited numerous instances where he had asked the show’s music manager to make changes that would have allowed more people to be included in the band. In each instance, the requests were turned down. As a result of the following week’s events, Walsh has stepped back into the spotlight, speaking out about the way the whole event has been conducted, and blamed Boyzone’s manager, Simon Leeping, for his part in this conduct. Following is an edited transcript of the relevant part of the interview.
“I think it’s fair to say that this whole thing, the whole Boyzone situation, has been blown out of proportion. It’s totally wrong to represent anybody other than yourself as the victim in all this. I’ve been the victim, I’ve been the victimizer, and I’m going to be the perpetrator, because I took someone’s word over my own. I don’t like it when people try to put words in my mouth. When people try to put facts in my mouth, which they have no proof of whatsoever, then maybe that’s something that’s a little bit frustrating.
I think it’s fair to say that Simon Leeping has put myself in a very tough position, because he has given me the opportunity to defend myself, which I did not do, and he made a mistake in taking that opportunity away from me. I don’t feel like I got taken advantage of in this particular case, but I will admit that I did not take the original decision to say one thing to them, and I now regret that decision. I certainly would not have called the police, or asked them to remove their badges, or threatened to have them arrested, or anything else. But, in hindsight, if I had known that there was going to be a question on my legal record, which could have caused me problems later down the line, I would never have done it.
I also regret calling in the Irish Times reporter, Aidan O’Rourke, because he wanted to interview me in person. I called him on his cell phone, not his office phone, so I guess he assumes that all journalists work on a freelance basis, but that is not necessarily true. I called him because I wanted to speak to him, and ask him some questions, and he obviously told me that he was not available until the next week. Apparently, he feels that he needs to build some relationships in this region, so he thought it would be a good idea for him to meet with Simon Robinson, the local journalist, and some other people who work in the area.
These are all the things that I think I learned from our talks with Simon Robinson and Louis Walsh, and those are the things that I will keep to myself, because they are too embarrassing to tell anyone else. The Boyzone is gone now, and I hope they can find other gigs elsewhere, but the experience that I gained from those two men was invaluable. Louis Walsh impressed me, and I am planning to visit Dublin again soon.