James Arthur should be 'more grateful' says X Factor judge Louis Walsh
Walsh said the singer should remember what the show has done for him
Last year’s X Factor winner James Arthur should be more “grateful” and respect other acts, judge Louis Walsh has said.
The "Recovery" singer found himself in the midst of a heated controversy last month when he used the homophobic lyric "you f**king queer" in a rap and attacked his fellow contestant Lucy Spraggan when she criticised his faux-pas.
“It’s been an amazing year for me. There’s been some amazing highs but also some lows,” he told the ITV audience. “I’ve made some very silly mistakes. I want to thank the X Factor for giving me this opportunity. I owe everything to this thing.”
But the best-selling star has to prove himself to Walsh, who told OK! magazine: “He’s a competition winner that got lucky. He came from a little bedsit, he should be a lot more grateful and a lot more respectful to everybody.
“Don’t get me going. Nicole [Scherzinger] worked so hard with him last year – she got him into the final. He doesn’t look comfortable in his own skin. He has talent – “Impossible” was a huge song - but he’s not Bob Dylan.”
The 61-year old Irish manager has two acts in the final this year, Luke Friend and Nicholas MacDonald.
“I hope he’s learned his lesson. You can’t be slagging off One Direction, you can’t slag off success,” he added. “I think they’re good role models and shows the pop business is alive and well.”
After James Arthur won the show in 2012, Walsh described him as “quirky and musical enough to do very well”, assuring fans that he was “not just another karaoke singer, not [2009 winner] Joe McElderry, the very opposite”.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Alex Salmond: 'The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords'
- 5 Ice Bucket Challenge: US firefighter Tony Grider dies after participating in charity craze near power lines
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since TV series ended in 2004
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series
Doctor Who, Time Heist, review: Keeley Hawes is marvellous but the Doctor is the real villain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell