Geri Halliwell fails to impress X Factor judge
Geri Halliwell knows nothing about the music industry, according to a top band manager.
Louis Walsh has worked with groups including Boyzone and Westlife and is one of the judges of British singing contest The X Factor. He appears on the programme alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue, and is currently filming the latest series.
Dannii has just had a baby, so has been unable to shoot the initial stages of the competition. A number of guest judges have stood in for her, including Nicole Scherzinger, Katy Perry and Geri. While Louis was blown away with Nicole, he was less impressed with the former Spice Girl`s stint on the panel.
"I think Nicole was absolutely brilliant when she stood in! When we had a break, I started telling Simon how much I fancied her and how gorgeous she was. Simon gave me a nudge and pointed out that there was a microphone above my head - he totally set me up," Louis laughed to Star magazine. "As for Geri Halliwell... All I can say is, Geri who? I mean, what does she know about the music business? She got the most boos from the crowd too."
The show has been thrown into chaos this year as Cheryl has been forced to take time off after being struck down with malaria. Louis was shocked to hear she had been rushed to hospital with the potentially life-threatening disease, but is certain she is on the mend now. Cheryl is recuperating at her Surrey mansion, and Louis hopes she will be back in time for the live X Factor shows later this year.
"I think everyone misses Cheryl`s glamour. I`ve never once seen her look bad," he said. "So many people are fans of her and I think, with her and Dannii both away, there`s a definite lack of glamour and sex appeal - but Nicole helped out in that way!"