By Melanie Finn
LOUIS Walsh has revealed he hopes to see Westlife back on the stage – despite revelations by Nicky Byrne that the foursome fought like cats and dogs.
The 33-year-old singer, who is competing in Strictly Come Dancing, said after 14 years it was right for the band to go their separate ways.
“We battered each other, obviously not physically, but we argued like hell. Probably more so in the latter years,” he said.
But Louis has revealed how he hopes fans haven’t seen the last of Nicky, Shane Filan (33), Mark Feehily (32) and Kian Egan (32).
The X Factor judge said he reckons they will take to the stage again — but in ten years time.
“I’m not looking for any band to replace Westlife because that’s just not going to happen,” he told the Herald.
“Hopefully in 10 years time they will be back touring.”
The band hung up their stools for good last June following a sell out performance at Croke Park.
Louis, who is back for his ninth year in the X Factor hot seat, is also looking to resurrect another of his favourites — namely Sharon Osbourne.
He is backing Sharon — the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne — in her bid to return to the X Factor, the Herald can reveal.
Louis said he wants the diva back full-time in 2013 now that she has healed her rift with Simon Cowell.