Over the last week or so, there’s been a bit of a hoo-haa between Louis Walsh and Eurosong mentor Billy McGuinness after he accused The X Factor judge of unfairly manipulating the vote.
McGuiness threatened to sue Walsh because he claimed the X Factor judge was going to manipulate the text vote so that former X Factor contestant Eoghan Quigg would win the competition. The winner of the contest will subsequently support Ireland at this year’s Eurovision song contest… but order has kind of been restored now.
Appearing on the Late Late Eurosong special on Friday evening, Louis Walsh said that the Aslan guitarist (McGuinness) was “on something” after he claimed that Walsh was unfairly using his appearance on the show to brainwash viewers into voting for Quigg.
Walsh said: “I don’t know what Billy is on but he is on something, and it’s not a good thing”.
However, McGuinness has since said that he isn’t going to sue Walsh over his supposed intentions, but he does want an apology from the reality show judge. Is he going to get an apology? Probably not…
Meanwhile, Joe McElderry (A.K.A champion of Jump! & former winner of The X Factor) returned home this weekend as he played the first of four sold out dates at the Customs House in South Shields.
McElderry is playing four nights at the venue as part of his ‘Set Your Soul Alive’ tour, which kicked off on Saturday evening.
Speaking about returning to South Shields and finally being a headliner at Customs House, where he used to work as a dish washer, McElderry said that it has been a long time coming. It has been five years since he won The X Factor, and time has gone so fast. He added that he can’t believe he is only just playing a headline show at the venue.
“The audience in Billingham were incredible last night, so I can’t wait to get back on stage – especially in my home town”.
Meanwhile, in other The X Factor news, Rhydian is releasing a new album next month!
The former X Factor contestant will released his fifth studio album on April 7 and he says that the collection has “an epic feel” to it and he wanted it to have “that wide screen quality you get with the best movie soundtracks”.
He went on to say that he wants the album, titled One Day Like This, to be mesmerising, inspiring, exciting and full of passion!
Rhydian finished in runner-up position on the 2007 series of the show, in which Leon Jackson took the crown!