Louis Walsh: X Factor acts won't last

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 November 2012
Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh doesn't believe any of the acts who appear on 'The X Factor' have "longevity"

Louis Walsh thinks 'The X Factor' contestants don't have any "longevity".

The pop guru - who is also a judge on 'The X Factor' - doesn't believe the TV stars created by the show have the staying power of many of yesterday's artists.

When asked to compare legendary 60s label Motown and his show, he said: "Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robison and Diana Ross, I wish we had artists like that, but I don't think they'll have the longevity.

"We don't have the network of cabaret clubs and back rooms where people learn the craft. They turn up at our auditions and they think, 'Right, I want to be famous'. It takes a lot more than just singing a song, you have to have a complete vision that sums up an era, like those [Motown] guys did."

Louis also thinks many artists and bands don't have the same work ethic or hunger to be famous as artists from twenty or thirty years ago.

He added to Q magazine: "U2 are an example of a band who come from nothing and they graft and work for it, which is something few bands really understand today. I try and tell my artists what it was like and they don't get it."

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