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Walsh 'exploits young'.

Byline: By BARRY HARTIGAN

EIGHTIES star Barbara Dickson has accused Louis Walsh of "exploiting" young wannabe stars.

The Scots-born singer slammed X-Factor-style reality shows and stormed: "If Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh were to do something worthwhile the public would take to it.

"But the problem is that they are exploiting people's desire to become famous.

"When I think of those two I am always reminded of the famous line from WC Fields, 'Never give a sucker an even break'.

"They are not giving people even breaks."

Dickson, who is about to appear in Dublin and Belfast, added: "Simon Cowell is not an expert on music, he is a businessman, albeit a successful one.

"The kinds of shows that he produces are a horrible, gullible exercise for those kids and I feel so sorry for them."

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Date:Aug 17, 2008
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