they haven’t even released a single yet but Louis Walsh’s latest boyband has already secured a reality show and an ongoing panto.
The X Factor judge will officially launch his six-man group, Hometown, onto the national stage on the Late Late Show tomorrow night, when they will take on their first TV performance together as an act.
And, already, 61-year-old pop mogul Louis has lined up a string of deals for the future stars.
A source revealed to the Herald that Hometown, which is made up of Dubliners Josh Grey (17) and Dean Gibbons (20), as well as Brendan Murray (17), Cian Morrin (19), Dayl Cronin (20) and Ryan McLoughlin (20), are set to take the Irish industry by storm and that Mayo native Louis is keen for them to become the next Westlife.
“Louis has a strong track record when it comes to spotting talent and turning it into a fantastic product and that’s what he’s planning with Hometown,” the source said.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and they’ve gelled well so far.
“They’ll be doing a regular panto at the Olympia Theatre from now on and management are about to sign on the dotted line for a fly-on-the-wall reality programme. So it’s exciting times ahead.”
Hometown, who are being styled by fashion guru Lisa Fitzpatrick, will also enjoy a serious taste of fame when they support Shane Filan in Cork in July for Live at The Marquee.
The boys, two of whom have left secondary school early to embark on this journey, will soon be going into the studio and Louis wants them to be more accoustic than One Direction.