Louis Walsh: I thought Tulisa would be a chav
Louis Walsh expected new 'X Factor' judge Tulisa Contostavlos to be a ''little chav'', but was pleasantly surprised at how ''honest'' and ''down to earth'' she is
Louis Walsh expected new 'X Factor' judge Tulisa Contostavlos to be a "little chav".
The talent search show's veteran judge - who has sat on the panel for eight years - was wary of the N-Dubz singer before she appeared on the series, but was pleasantly surprised to find she didn't have the attitude of a diva hip hop star.
He said: "She's everything I thought she wasn't going to be. I thought she was going to be a nightmare - lots of tattoos, rapping all the time, hoodies, all the bad things that I hate.
"I never knew about The N-Dubz and I was expecting this little chav in a tracksuit, full of tattoos, doing rap. Instead, this really nice girl turned up.
"She's very honest and very down-to-earth. She's more honest than anyone else on the show."
Louis has even been learning new "street" words from his co-star - who, at 23, is 36 years younger than Louis - and has bonded with her over their shared Irish roots.
He added to heat magazine: "She calls me 'Muffin' - I don't know why. She speaks a different language to me and has all these 'street' sayings. But her mum is Irish, so we have a little bond there.
"She's the girl-next-door who glams up and then goes home and puts on her tracksuit."
Louis - who is joined on the panel by an all-new line up of Tulisa, Take That star Gary Barlow and former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland - also praised the judging line up this year, saying he feels they are the most honest yet.
He added: "They are more credible than our previous judges and they're not afraid to say it how it is. They're not just trying to be liked by the people. They can have a great disagreement on screen, but they don't take it off camera."