Louis Walsh backing Matt Cardle

Louis Walsh has revealed he is backing Matt Cardle in this year's 'The X Factor', and predicts he will face Mary Byrne and One Direction in the show's final


This article is from 2010.

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh thinks Matt Cardle will win 'The X Factor'.

The ITV1 reality show judge is tipping the 27-year-old singer - who is mentored by Dannii Minogue - to triumph in the competition, and thinks his own act Mary Byrne will join Matt and boyband One Direction in the show's final three.

Louis said: "One Direction, Mary and Matt will all make the final. Matt's the favourite. He ticks every box.

"Mary knows I'm being honest. I don't tow the line, I'm not there to keep everyone happy. My aim is to get her to the final and get her a recording contract. Anyway, at least she sings live and doesn't use any of the tricks some of the others use."

Meanwhile, the Louis criticised 17-year-old hopeful Cher Lloyd - who music mogul Simon Cowell had said delivered the "performance of the season" on Saturday night (30.10.10) - for rapping too much, but added he is a firm fan of single mum Rebecca Ferguson, 24.

He added to heat magazine: "Cher has all those stage distractions because she couldn't just walk out and sing. She raps too much. It's the same thing every week. But Cheryl sees a lot of herself in Cher. "I love Rebecca, she's the most honest, gorgeous girl behind the scenes."

This article is from 2010.

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