VOICE coaches Bressie and Brian Kennedy would fail the X Factor auditions, Louis Walsh has claimed.
The 59-year-old pop mogul, who confirmed he would be returning to the show this year, said that he hoped to see contestants from rival show The Voice of Ireland turn up for the X Factor auditions.
However, he added that former Blizzards frontman Bressie and singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy wouldn't make the cut.
"If there's anybody good in The Voice, they should go for the X Factor," the Westlife boss said.
"But I don't want Brian Kennedy or Bressie turning up for an audition, because they probably wouldn't get through.
"I think we've got more talent in this little island than any other island in the world -- but we don't encourage it enough.
"That's the one good thing about The Voice, at least it's giving young Irish singers a chance.
"I'm too busy to watch it, but I hear Kian and Sharon are brilliant.
"It's a good rehearsal for the X Factor as our show is proper telly and you get a proper record deal."
Louis remarked that anyone hesitating to apply for the X Factor should take inspiration from successful acts like One Direction, which turned Mullingar native Niall Horan (18) into a global star.
"It's the biggest launch-pad in the world for anyone who has any sort of talent and I want Irish people to go to the open auditions," he said.
"This is a huge chance for Irish people -- look at JLS, Olly Murs, and all the others who have made it huge from the show.
"If Niall from One Direction hadn't gone and taken a chance who knows where he would be.
Louis is the first judge to have been confirmed for this year's edition of the X Factor. It is understood that he signed a €1m contract.