'It's dull and boring': Louis Walsh says he 'hates' The Voice… and lets slip that there's no love lost between Simon and will.i.am
20:41 GMT, 15 May 2012
He's never been one to hold back on his opinions, and Louis Walsh isn't stopping now.
The X Factor judges has let rip at rival talent show The Voice, saying he 'hates' it and calling the programme 'dull and boring'.
'I’m so glad that Britain’s Got Talent is beating The Voice,' the 59-year-old tells Heat magazine.
Outspoken: Louis Walsh says he 'hates' The Voice and is glad BGT has been winning in the ratings
'I think everyone thought The Voice UK would be like the US version, and it’s not. It’s dull and boring,' he says. 'I’m glad BGT is winning the ratings battle – it’s much better.'
Gossip-loving Louis has also revealed that there is 'no love lost' between The Voice star will.i.am and Simon Cowell.
Ridiculing the Black Eyed Peas artist, Louis rants: 'What’s that man’s real name anyway It’s not will.i.am, is it
Don't hold back: Louis slams The Voice as 'dull' and 'boring'
'The way he dresses at his age… what’s that silly glove all about'
'He thinks he’s got all the answers, but if he didn’t have Fergie in that band, where would he be Fergie is the real star. I would love her on The X Factor, and to be a judge on the show.'
Asked by the magazine if he would be interested in ditching the X Factor for The Voice, he replied: 'No way, it’s not great TV – it’s like Fame Academy all those years ago.
'No love lost': He reveals that Simon Cowell doesn't have much time for The Voice star (and Cheryl Cole's manager) will.i.am
'The best thing about it are the revolving chairs, and once you’ve seen that, the novelty wears off.'
He adds: 'The X Factor is the biggest show on TV and the other shows are just copying us with their silly chairs. Simon Cowell is the king of TV, and if he’s not involved then it’s not good.'
Clearly hoping to lure his friend back to his old post after seeing Cowell return to BGT this year, Louis said, 'Having Simon on any panel has an impact on ratings. Look at American Idol – it’s lost half of its viewers now Simon’s not there – people want to watch him.
Gossip: Louis says he doesn't think the revelations of Danni Minogue's relationship with Cowell would stop her coming back to the X Factor
'I wish he’d come back to The X Factor.'
Commentating on rumours that Dannii Minogue is returning to the panel, Louis said that he doesn't think the recent revelation of her affair with Cowell will halt plans.
'She didn’t know the book was coming out, so she was upset,' he said, 'but it won’t stop her coming back – Simon’s not on the panel.'
'They were always very flirty and there was always chemistry between them.
'I remember thinking at the time that Simon was always staring at her chest. His eyes would always be on her tits, never anywhere else.'
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