X Factor judge Louis Walsh has launched a scathing attack on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, saying that the show gets worse each year.
In an interview with The People, Louis criticised the shows calibre of celebrities, blasted Bruce Forsyth for defending Anton Du Beke’s recent ‘Paki’ comment, and called for the BBC to sack Anton altogether.
The Boyzone manager said:
“The show has got worse and worse each year it has been going. It was bad even before the racism issue blew up.
“But, as far as I’m concerned, now that this has happened it’s finished as a show. I honestly don’t think anything like this would ever happen on X Factor. We are an inclusive show, looking for the best talent we can find. It doesn’t matter about the colour of someone’s skin.
“There has been a lot of talk about the matter this week but I work on The X Factor so I’ve tried not to spend too much time finding out about it.
“But the guests on Strictly are so bad this year I don’t even know who most of them are. It’s like a balloon – it keeps going down and down and this year it’s run out of air.
“The racism issue seems to have given the show an even worse reputation. I think fewer people will watch it now.”
On Bruce defending Anton, Louis commented:
“He should have known better,” said Louis. “Bruce Forsyth is a great showman and has been in the business for a long time but if I was him I probably wouldn’t have got involved.”
On Anton’s allegedly racist comments Louis stated:
“From what I know about the row, Anton Du Beke should be sacked but I don’t even know who he is – that just shows how downhill it has gone.
“We don’t know who anyone is in it anymore. When the supposed celebs were announced I had no idea who they were.
“It was a show that mothers and fathers watched but I’m not sure they even do anymore, it’s got that bad.”
Louis concluded: “Perhaps Strictly should learn from us. People have slagged off the new format with a live audience watching The X Factor but you can’t keep a show going for years and not change it.
“The new set is amazing and the reason why we keep growing is because we change things and keep up to date.”