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Friday 2 December 2016

I'd love to do Ireland's Got Talent... and sign a comedian - Louis

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Louis walsh and ladies at the final of the Best Dressed Competition at Gold Fever Ladies Day at The Punchestown Festival 2015
Louis walsh and ladies at the final of the Best Dressed Competition at Gold Fever Ladies Day at The Punchestown Festival 2015

He's known for managing some of the world's most successful boybands but Louis Walsh wants to see the funny side of life and represent a comedian.

The X Factor judge (62) already has some big music names on his books such as former Westlife star Shane Filan and Hometown, but he admitted he'd like to work with a comic.

"I want to find something different, like a comedian," he told the Herald.

"I want to go back to being a manager and manage three or four people."

Despite not knowing whether he's included on this year's judging panel for the X Factor, the Mayo native said he's looking more toward to working on new projects and admitted he's ready to leave the show for good after 11 years.

"I've kind of made the decision to leave the X Factor," he said. "Mentally, I made it ages ago - I'm done more or less. I'm in a really good place," he said.

The music mogul said that while he wouldn't be interested in being a judge on The Voice of Ireland, he would like to start a brand-new homegrown talent show.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "I would like to do something in Ireland, like another talent show.

"I wouldn't do the Voice of Ireland but I would like to do something new to sign new talent, something like Ireland's Got Talent."

Louis also said at Punchestown Festival that he will "absolutely" be voting Yes in the marriage equality referendum.

Reciting his famous X Factor catchphrase, he said, "It's a Yes from me".

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