Louis Smith: 'The X Factor' is shambolic

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 September 2012
Louis Smith

Louis Smith

Louis Smith has branded 'The X Factor' as "totally shambolic" as he prepares to star in 'Strictly Come Dancing' tomorrow (15.09.12) evening

Louis Smith claims 'The X Factor' is "totally shambolic".

The Olympic gymnast medalist - who is taking part in this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' - was rejected from the talent show when he auditioned in 2009 as a reggae singer but he insists he is pleased he didn't get through as it wasn't right for him.

He said: "I'm glad to put that behind me, it was a disaster. 'X Factor' was shambolic, it was awful.

"This is a proper show. I don't feel like a celebrity at all, so just to be invited to take part is fantastic."

Louis - who won a silver medal in the pommel horse during London 2012 as well as a bronze medal in the team event - was told by then-judge Simon Cowell to stick to his day job.

Louis, 23, has already been dubbed second favourite to win 'Strictly' even before the competition kicks off at the weekend.

However, he says other contestants will give him a run for his money, with Denise Van Outen and Westlife's Nicky Byrne being two that he is wary of.

Louis added to The Sun newspaper: "We are all on an even playing field."

Fellow Olympian Victoria Pendleton is also looking forward to the show starting, saying: "I am so excited to get out there because there is no expectation.

"Performing with no expectation is very different from performing with high, high expectations."

'Strictly' kicks off tomorrow (15.09.12) evening on BBC One at 6.30pm.

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