Shane Filan defends X Factor hopeful Sam Callahan

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 November 2013
Shane Filan

Shane Filan

'X Factor' hopeful Sam Callahan has been defended by Shane Filan, who compared the 19-year-old wannabe to a young Mark Wahlberg during his time fronting the 1990s band, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Shane Filan has defended 'X Factor' hopeful Sam Callahan.

The former Westlife sensation praised the 19-year-old singer as "brilliant" and even compared him to a young Mark Wahlberg, who fronted the 1990s band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch before making a name for himself as a Hollywood actor.

Shane - who helped show judge Louis Walsh to choose Sam for the Boys category during the Judges' Houses stage of the competition - told ITV.com: "Sam has a huge personality. He's funny, honest and cool - his confidence is brilliant. He reminds me of Mark Wahlberg back when he was singing as Marky Mark."

Shane is confident Sam's stage presence will give him the edge over Louis' other act Nicholas McDonald, as he insists personality is just as important in the competition as good vocals.

He argued: "His vocals are strong enough to be on the show or he wouldn't be there. He may not have the strength in his voice like Nicholas does, but he has the personality and that's part of being on 'The X Factor'."

Sam has had a tough few weeks on the show as his weak vocals have failed to impress the judges, in particular Gary Barlow who has repeatedly given the young hopeful scathing critique.

Shane added: "You couldn't have anyone better giving advice than Gary Barlow, but it isn't always about the best vocals; it's about putting on a performance too."

Shane Filan

The Westlife member heads out on tour, performing tracks from his solo albums You and Me, Right Here and Love Always.

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