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CAROLE MALONE: QUIT BEING A BABY, LOUIS.

Byline: CAROLE MALONE

DID Louis Walsh imagine for one second that the British viewing public is as thick as he is and would fall for all that "I quit" nonsense?

Did he think we'd swallow all the "I'm hurt, I've had enough" stuff when this was obviously just another of The X Factor's weekly publicity stunts?

And what right has he to get uppity about people having a go? First, this is the man who doles out insults to vulnerable young kids on national TV and expects them to take it on the chin. Yet when a few come his way - and he's getting paid pounds 300,000 to take them - he throws his toys out of the pram and says "I'm quitting".

Second, he says he was upset at the flak he got after throwing Maria out in favour of the execrable Conway Twitties. Well he deserved every ounce of that flak because he made the wrong decision for the wrong reasons and in doing so wrecked the potentially fantastic career of a great singer. Considering what he does for a living - nurtures new talent - he should be ashamed of himself.

Thirdly, he can't quit because he's on a watertight contract and he'd have the hell sued out of him if he'd walked away.

It's time all three X Factor judges stopped behaving like huffy babies and just did what they're paid to do.

A lot of young people are depending on them.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2005
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