Louis Walsh

IRISH ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER & FORMER JUDGE ON 'THE X FACTOR'

“You look like a popstar” are words you may have heard on a regular occurrence that come from none other than Irish entertainment manager and the globally renowned Louis Walsh. Rising to prominence and best known for his role as a judge of The X Factor, the Irishman moved to Dublin in order to embark on a career within the music industry and has since gone on to manage Johnny Logan, Boyzone and Westlife, three of Ireland’s most successful pop artists. Following his success as a manager, Louis Walsh transitioned into a career within television as a pundit and globally renowned celebrity personality. An instantly recognisable and cherished figure within the music and entertainment industry, the one and only Louis Walsh is available to hire for your next event or engagement as a speaker or event host through the Champions Speakers agency where he is certain to contribute to an unforgettable occasion.

Becoming one of the judges on The X Factor since the show commenced in 2004, Walsh was a mainstay on the talent show until 2017 and during his time on the hit talent contest, Louis mentored the groups category six times and the Overs category three times. Notably a winning judge of the show’s second series, Louis Walsh mentored Shayne Ward to the coveted X Factor crown. Not only has Walsh appeared on X Factor, the Irish music genius has also featured in You’re a Star, Popstars and Popstars: The Rivals and as a guest judge on Britain’s Got Talent a number of times in addition to making special appearances on The X Factor USA.

The creator and judge of Ireland’s Got Talent, in the 1990s, given the success of Take That, Walsh decided to create an Irish version of the globally renowned group and took to the papers to advertise the open auditions. Enter Boyzone, Walsh not only created but also managed the band international success as they went on to attain 16 top three singles, six of which were number ones, as well as four number one albums, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide. When one of the members of the band, Ronan Keating announced he wanted to take a break from Boyzone, Louis famously continued to manage his career and steered Ronan Keating to become an immensely successful solo artist that achieved a number one hit with When You Say Nothing At All in 1999 and also Life Is a Rollercoaster in 2000, while his album sold 4.4 million copies. Keating and Walsh later agreed to part company as Keating’s solo career reached an all-time high.

Following the end of Walsh’s management of Keating, the Irish manager used the same boy band formula to create Westlife, which Keating co-managed with Walsh for the first couple of Westlife‘s number one singles and albums. The rest certainly was history as Louis once again orchestrated a band to global recognition. A household name within the music and entertainment industry that is an instantly recognisable television personality, Louis Walsh is available to hire for your next event through the Champions Speakers agency.

To book Louis Walsh to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

Watch Louis on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, here: