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Saturday 18 August 2018

Louis switches off - with just the TV and our Mel for company

From Mayo to Miami, here's Louis Walsh relaxing on his annual holiday at his favourite sunkissed bolthole.

The X Factor judge is recharging his batteries by lapping up the Florida sunshine in his $1m pad.

I caught up with the music mogul in the Shore Club in South Beach -- where he revealed why it's his number one holiday destination.

"I absolutely love it over here, I come over every January and stay for at least two weeks. I love the buzz of the place and I love the atmosphere. This is where I come to get away from it all," he explained.

After a hectic year on the most successful X Factor ever, as well as managing a string of pop acts, he was in need of some rest and relaxation.

He started his annual holiday later than usual after he was picked as a guest judge on an episode of Britain's Got Talent at the start of last month.

But he has a strict "no work" rule as soon as he gets to chilled-out Miami.



CONDO

For the past five years, the mogul has owned a two-bedroomed condo, in the most exclusive area of South Beach.

Boasting amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, he explained how it's his "home away from home".

"This is where I come to recharge my batteries and switch off from all the madness. I do have my phone on but it's a complete switch-off from work," he continued. In previous years, he has met up with stars including David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Dale Winton -- but says he is just as happy enjoying nights in.

Ironically for a man who makes his living being on our small screens, he revealed how he loves nothing better than kicking back and watching TV. "It's my guilty pleasure. I have loads of DVD sets from American shows and my ideal night is watching TV.

"I'll also play music, read all the style and interior magazines and I might go to see a concert in Miami."

He's also planning to meet up with fellow judge Dannii Minogue during his holiday -- as proof that they really have buried the hatchet.

"She's in great form and looks amazing. It's hard to believe she only had a baby last July. She's a total style icon now, she has really transformed herself."

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