Louis Walsh sorry for Storm
Louis Walsh admits part of the reason why he put Storm Lee through to 'The X Factor' live finals because he believes it could be the wannabe pop star's final chance for success.
Louis Walsh feels sorry for Storm Lee on 'The X Factor'.
The Irish judge - who chose Storm along with Irish Tesco cashier Mary Byrne and care worker John Adeleye to join his over 28s category - believes he had to put the wannabe rocker through on the pop star search show because he felt he would never get another opportunity for success.
He said: "When I got to know Storm, I felt that this really was his last chance and he really opened up to me, so I had to put him through."
Although Louis believes his hopefuls are "not obvious stars", he is confident he is the only judge capable of making them a success.
He told Hello! magazine said: "I get the tough categories because I can handle them. I'll put the work in and in a way I take it as a compliment. I don't know if the others could cope with it.
"Mine are not obvious stars. They need the most work and that's why they gave them to me. It takes over your life and you become attached to people on your show. No matter what you say you root for them. It's like being inside your own soap opera. Judges Homes this year was very emotional because it was so many people's last chance."
However, Louis believes one of Dannii Minogue's contestants, painter-and-decorator Matt Cardle, could be stiff competition.
Speaking ahead of the first live show next weekend, Louis added: "The winner is going to be the one with the most votes, but I think Matt has got something very special about him."