XFactor 2013: Louis Walsh defends Paul Akister rejection


Louis Walsh has defended his decision to let Paul Akister go on The X Factor 2013.

On Saturday night we saw Louis chose his final three boys, making some controversial decisions.

Paul was one of three singers axed in favour of a younger trio in the form of Sam Callahan, Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend.

However, Louis insisted his decision wasn't based on age or looks, saying he hoped to see Paul return to audition again next year.

"There was one person I had to let go – Paul, and I changed my mind constantly about him. He had an amazing voice, but he didn’t have the stage presence. In the end, I had to consider that," Louis explained.

Speaking to the official ITV website, Louis said: “I think in a year’s time, he will have that and he will be brilliant – but I didn’t want to put him through and him to get voted off in week one or week two.

“I told him my reasons and that it was the right thing for him. But it really was the hardest thing to say.”

Discussing his live show finalists, Louis told the website: “I chose Luke because he is different - he’s original, he spends all his time listening to music and he’s in it for the music. I find Nicholas to be a very honest singer, he’s very sweet and his voice is genuinely great but he has to work on his confidence.

“Sam’s attitude is incredible and he wants to get out there, pull out the stops and perform. He’s full of energy and that will get him far. But it’s all about song choices now and constantly performing under pressure – whoever is most successful will have to deal with that.”

The X Factor live shows start next Saturday night on ITV.

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  • Fafan

    What a crock of shite Louis. You need to admit your errors Mr Walsh, and you just let the winner go. Don't justify what you can't. Trust your p45 is in the post. You've lost your ears and that's no good in the music industry.

  • Joss Walker

    So speaks the same man who rejected Harry Styles . There wasn't the remotest chance Paul Akister would have been voted off in the first 2 or 3 shows. His voice really was good enough to win. His only silver lining is that he will not be subject to Louis song choices. I expect he'd have been singing Remember you're a Womble or Viva Espana on the first live show

  • ben

    why is louis still on the show it's ridiculous he keeps doing shit like this he put sam through because he's pretty and the nicholas through as a mini westlife because they are the only thing he has to claim to his name and they're shit anyway

    • Dante Arnone

      i think nicholas was good enough to go through but Sam is all style and looks, hes not that good of a singer, Paul was possibly the best singer in the whole competition, Sam Bailey is the only one i even see on the same level, pretty appalling decision, I would have liked to see Joe Whelan as well, really not much diversity in this top 12

  • Luke Owen

    Interesting how Louis wants to see him back auditioning next year - hasn't he already said this is his last year on the show? Seems The X Factor PR machine doesn't have a good enough memory to be a successful liar...

  • lynncanal

    Louis Walsh - YOU make the star. You promote the star on behalf of the X Factor who has the talent and YOU make him shine. I think this X Factor judge has forgotten all of that - and the truest most talented star of this years X Factor show has been kiecked out and disparaged. And for the life of me I cannot figure out why. Louis Walsh had the gall to assert one other singer was "different" - and that's "it". Not better than Paul - just "different". So he got to jump over Paul. Just because. If superior singing talent and heart (as well as soul) don't account for anything - why should anyone tune in to watch this show? Louis Walsh - I don't respect your decision.

  • Trevor Sealey

    Louis you were wrong to say no to Paul Akister he's better than all of them left in the show now. I feel its your biggest mistake ever.