Westlife reveal all about Louis Walsh’s tears on X Factor final13/12/2011 22:45
Westlife wowed the crowds at the X Factor final on Sunday night, when the band delivered their last ever live TV performance on the show.
Earlier this year, the Irish singers announced they will be splitting after their 2012 tour, making the X final performance particularly poignant.
Westlife have enjoyed a close relationship with the show, performing Flying Without Wings on the X stage back in 2008, with JLS, and single Safe in 2010.
Kian Egan was a guest judge on X Factor when he joined Louis Walsh at the Judges Houses stage of the competition in 2007.
Backstage on Sunday night, Kian said: “I think every performance this year has been quite emotional and it’s mad because it makes you realise what you’ve got.
“For us it’s bittersweet cause we feel really lucky to be here at the X Factor final as our last TV performance and we’re grateful that we’ve had 14 years.”
Speaking of Westlife’s former manager, judge Louis, Nicky Byrne said: “Louis actually had tears in his eyes at the end of the performance. We went over to him and he filled up and he said “I’m really, really, really going to miss you.”
“He said that he’s never enjoyed working with anybody as much as us and I think that it goes both ways; we’ve had a great relationship with Louis, he’s been brilliant down the years. Its going to be sad but things have to happen.”
After 14 years together, the boys also had words of wisdom for winner’s Little Mix, insisting friendship and hard work is key to any group’s success.