Friday 24 June 2011 by Gary Stanton

Nightclub lavatories offer the best acoustics, claims X Factor’s Louis Walsh


The confined space of a nightclub toilet is by far the best location to assess the vocal talents of bare-chested men in their early twenties, according to the recently detained X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

Walsh was questioned by police following allegations that the toilet audition of a 24 year-old male from Dublin went ‘a little too-far’, following a Westlife concert in the city.

The man claims that the incident took place in the early hours of April 10 in the lavatory of the city’s famous Krystle nightclub after Walsh had drunkenly offered him ‘fifteen minutes of fame’.

However, Walsh maintains the young man approached him at the bar and requested to appear on the talent show with a view to performing the song ‘Lip up Fatty’ by Bad Manners.

Walsh then suggested the pair move to a locked toilet cubicle where the man’s voice would be ‘given a chance to flourish unhindered by the repetitive Hi-NRG beats of the discotheque’.

X Factor Toilet

Police are believed to be studying CCTV footage taken from the nightclub where the man claims he was indecently auditioned.

It is also thought that detectives will watch footage of the man performing the song from an overhead toilet-cam before deciding whether the individual has what it takes to compete in the next round.

Walsh has long complained that X Factor contestants’ voices are often lost in the huge theatres favoured by ITV.

In 2006, he angered Manchester councillors by suggesting that the city’s GMEX centre, a popular X Factor venue, would be best served by bringing the walls in closer to form an area of four metres squared and fitting a door with a rusty hinge.

Last night Walsh strenuously denied the allegations, telling reporters: “The allegations made against me, specifically that I rubbed the groin area of a man before he had a chance to complete the second verse of the early eighties reggae-ska hybrid ‘Lip Up Fatty’, are wholly false and without foundation.”

“It was ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.”

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