Tuesday, October 14, 2008

X FactorLouis Walsh admitted he can't manage girl bands', say first X Factor rejects Bad Lashes


X Factor rejects Bad Lashes have blamed mentor Louis Walsh for them being the first of the final 12 to be ejected from the ITV show.

The group - friends from Durham and Hartlepool, Stacey Lincoln, 20, Sophie Wilson, 23, Emily McNamee, 19, and Sam Bennett, 21 - revealed yesterday how Walsh had told them he does not know how to manage girl bands.

McNamee said: 'Louis said "Look I know how boy bands work, I've done it with Westlife, blah blah blah.". He said he managed Girls Aloud for a bit and wasn't very good.'
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Asked if Walsh spent more time with his boy band JLS, Bennett said: 'A little bit. He loves boy groups, that's his thing. Boy groups are totally his thing.'

Wilson added: 'We don't really know how many phone calls he made different but generally he just chatted to them a little bit more. Louis generally is better with male boy bands.'

The band confessed they would have preferred to have had Girls Aloud's Cheryl Cole as their mentor, and even Walsh told them to seek her advice.

Lincoln said: 'Louis has admitted to us that he is more boy bands and not girl bands. So he really knows what to do with JLS, it's easy to choose songs for them and stuff. Whereas girl bands - he said listen to Cheryl. So Cheryl was helping us and being a mentor a little bit as well. So maybe if we had of had Cheryl it could have been a bit different.'
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McNamee said: 'When we found out we got Louis I was a bit gutted because I secretly wanted Cheryl the whole time. We all did. We wanted Cheryl because obviously, being in Girls Aloud, she knows what she's talking about. She's done it all, she's been in the same position as we have with Pop Stars: The Rivals.

'She's a woman, she was close to our age, she knows our style. When we were speaking to her she said she knew what songs she would have chosen for us. She got us straight away. Where as I think Louis found us a bit harder to get.'

However, the girls are not giving up their dream of becoming singers and plan to move to London to pursue a record deal.

Lincoln said: 'We've got an awesome album name, so we need to get signed. It's Champagne Taste, Lemonade Money.' Bennett added: 'This is not the end of Bad Lashes, and if all this fails we'll bring out our own eyelash range or makeup range.'
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Meanwhile, X Factor beat rival TV show Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings, it was revealed last night.

ITV1 said that 10.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the 12 final acts perform live in front of the X Factor judges on Saturday.

This represented 44 per cent of the total audience figures, according to the broadcaster. The two-hour ITV1 show was aired from 7.15-9.15pm.

Eight million viewers tuned into the later X Factor live results show, when girl band Bad Lashes became the first contenders to be voted off the new series.
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Celebrity dance competition Strictly Come Dancing attracted a peak audience figure of 8.9 million during the 80-minute show, which was on air from 5.50pm, the BBC said.

Viewers tuned in to see the remaining seven female stars take to the dance floor last night in the fourth round of the BBC1 reality show.

A former X Factor winner yesterday hit out at the reality television talent show, describing it as a human form of bear baiting.

Steve Brookstein, who won the first series of X Factor in 2004, made his remarks after Bad Lashes were axed.

Mr Brookstein told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'It is sad that there are going to be people who are going to be publicly humiliated. It is a form of bear-baiting. I've been banging the drum about what it's about - people shouldn't call in and they shouldn't waste their money.'
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