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Louis Walsh hopeful for Irish stars as X Factor lands in Dublin


Louis Walsh is hoping to discover plenty of Irish stars as The X Factor lands in Dublin today.

The judges will return to Dublin for the first time since 2010, the very year 1D star Niall Horan auditioned – but this time, the auditions will take place in Croke Park.

Speaking about returning to Dublin, Louis told RTÉ TEN, “I think we had Katy Perry, Simon and Cheryl. This time around it’s Sharon Osbourne and Nicole. It’s our last day of auditions because we’ve all the other auditions done now.”

“The background team has already been here, so we’ll see whoever they picked. They pick whoever they like and we’ll see them, in Croke Park. Then we audition, we interrogate them, we find out the ones with personalities.

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“We’re not just looking for great singers… We want personalities, and people with ambition and work ethic and all of that,” he said.

Louis is expecting to discover some great talent in our Irish capital today, and revealed his hopes to find someone great for the live shows.

“I expect to get some really good people here.

“And I hope we get somebody really good for the live shows. I’m sure we will. Definitely. And it is to do with personality, and attitude and work ethic. It’s all those things,” he admitted.

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After a year away from The X Factor, Louis said the show is now better than ever – especially with the new judging panel including himself, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and of course, Simon Cowell.

“I had a year off and I had a great time. It was the best thing ever, not to be there – especially when the ratings were down. It was great and I had a really good time.

“But this time around it’s just brilliant fun. It’s not like work anymore. We show up and we have a great time. We all know each other very well and we just, y’know, we have fun.”

“It’s going fantastic with the new judges. They’re the best. It’s fun, it’s like the way it used to be in year one and year two. We all get on incredibly well, Sharon and Nicole are brilliant. They’re just very funny.”

The 63-year-old also revealed that the return of the small room auditions was a great decision, as it has made the auditions process much more intimate, personal – and funny.

“And being back in the small audition rooms is brilliant, because with those big arenas you can’t hear the people properly. It’s now more intimate and more personal.”

“It’s all going really, really well. Dermot O’Leary’s back on board and it’s just the old team. Simon’s laughing an awful lot. It’s like the good old days,” he added.