Louis Walsh: X Factor has no 'international star' this year

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 December 2013
Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh doesn't think 'The X Factor' has found an "international star" this year, but believes the winner will go on to sell records in the UK

Louis Walsh doesn't think 'The X Factor' has found an "international star" this year.

The 61-year-old judge has two acts in this year's final, Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald, but doesn't think they or third finalist Sam Bailey are capable of matching the success of some previous acts.

He said: "I don't think there's any international star there. There's no One Direction, no Olly Murs, there's no Leona Lewis.

"There are people who are going to be very good winners and who are going to sell records, but who is going to be around in a couple of years' time? Probably Luke, probably Tamera Foster..."

Louis is also unsure whether his acts have a chance at all of winning because they face stiff competition from Sharon Osbourne's act Sam Bailey, who is currently the bookies favourite..

Speaking to OK! Magazine, he said: "Originally I thought Nicholas was the one, mainly because he's so young and kids will vote for him. I also thought Scotland always back their own - Leon Jackson, Michelle McManus - but Luke has come from nowhere and is a contender. The public are in charge though and we can't control it. Sam Bailey is the one to beat for me."

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