My acts still have the X Factor, says Louis
Louis Walsh has insisted that he could still win the X Factor, despite losing half his acts over the weekend.
He told the Herald how it was a "real shock" to have both Blonde Electra and Overload Generation given the boot by the voting public during the first live show.
But he is adamant that he may yet have a finalist in the talent competition - provided the Irish viewers get behind him and show their support.
"'I think that the public has made a real mistake. Blonde Electra are fantastic and would have grown in the competition.
"I'm down but I'm not out," he said. "I have Chris Leonard from Meath and all of Ireland needs to get behind him and vote. I still think I can win the show but I will need help from home."
He now has two remaining acts, Only The Young and the eight-person strong Stereo Kicks, which counts Meath man Chris among its members.
Saying how he knows he's in for a challenge, Louis added: "We're all going to have to work a lot harder."
And rival Simon Cowell couldn't resist having a dig at Louis' loss.
He said that the Mayo man did a "terrible job" with his groups and said that "those artists are better than that".
"It was quite obvious blondie and blondie were going to leave. They weren't going to last long. I wasn't surprised about Overload [Generation]. In terms of that sing-off there, it was a no-brainer," he said.
Walsh is now in his 11th year on the programme, the longest-surviving judge after joining Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Mel B on the panel.
The first round of live shows kicked off with a star-studded line-up at Fountain Studio in Wembley last weekend as Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift performed live on the show.
And there were plenty of familiar Irish faces at the show, including Brian McFadden and One Direction star Niall Horan.