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Monday 16 July 2018

I don't want to hear any sob stories, warns weary Louis

X Factor wannabes have been warned that judges are tiring of "sob stories" and cliched claims about their dreams of stardom.

Louis Walsh, who has been a judge on the show since it launched in 2004, said he has had enough of the same old tales.

The mastermind of Boyzone and Westlife's careers said they are looking for acts who are willing to work for a career rather than "15 minutes of fame".

Walsh -- the longest-serving judge -- said: "After eight years, I have really grown to hate cliches such as 'music is my life/my passion/I was born to do this/I've been singing since I was a baby'.

"And I hate to say it but I am bored of sob stories, but the cliched lines are the worst."

The Mayo man, who returns to the hit talent show on Saturday, said: "I'm looking for passion and hard work. This is all about finding someone who genuinely wants a career in the music industry and is willing to work for that.

"We definitely don't want someone that's just looking for 15 minutes of fame."

The series reaches its conclusion this year in front of a live audience of 10,000 people at Wembley Arena in December.

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