Are you trying to make him cry, Louis? Are you? Because after sending home Paul Akister from Judges’ Houses last year (in favour of Sam Callahan (let’s take a moment to absorb that), Louis Walsh has now delivered the judging equivalent of leaving the door of Paul’s house open, going for a Nandos, then shouting “Don’t blame ME that you got burgled.”
After Mel B and Cheryl voted to send home Jay James and Simon voted to send home Paul in Sunday night’s X Factor 2014 sing-off, Louis said repeatedly that he couldn’t decide so he was sending it to Deadlock.
Not that he thought Paul should go home, to be clear, which would happen to result in the vote going to Deadlock. But that he wanted it to go to Deadlock, because then that meant he could opt out of a decision; that being way too much judging for a judge who earns £1 million to judge.
So the decision on who went home reverted back to the public vote and Paul – a better singer than Jay in the sing-off and in general life – headed home; not to be seen again at the X Factor studios, on the X Factor tour, or at any of Louis Walsh’s birthday parties.
“I think that’s wimping out a little bit to be honest, I really do,” said a gutted Mel B to Louis on Xtra Factor later. “You have a feel of who you think is worthy of staying in the competition and you have that choice.”
Not for the first time – probably for the 576th time – I agreed with Mel.
Louis Walsh is paid money to make decisions about singing performances and whenever he can, he avoids those decisions. Like a builder who isn’t building, or a Starbucks barista who’s sitting in the corner eating a muffin and just isn’t keen on making lattes, Louis is simply no longer doing his job, and he hasn’t been doing it for a long time.
Allowing him to still be on the panel despite that – and when he brings nothing else but comments that are as tired as Big Band Week (seriously Big Band Week… that’s another rant) – is lazy.
We could have a host of interesting people sat in that end seat and instead Simon leaves his mate Louis, to whom the X Factor is basically an early evening disco, where he has his drinks poured for him, does some dad dancing in his chair and goes home with nothing more on his mind than “Oooh I must download that new song of Cheryl’s.”
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