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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=EngvarB |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Michael Louis Vincent Walsh<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> (born 5 August 1952)<ref name=2009_mayo_person_of_the_year/> is an Irish entertainment manager and former judge on British television talent show The X Factor.

Originally from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Walsh moved to Dublin to get a start in the music industry.<ref name="observer1">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> He managed Johnny Logan, Boyzone and Westlife, three of Ireland's most successful pop artists in recent decades. In later life, Walsh began an alternative career as a television talent pundit and personality. He has been a judge on The X Factor since the show's inception in 2004,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> mentoring the "Groups" category five times and the "Overs" category three times. He was the winning judge of the show's second series, mentoring Shayne Ward. He has also appeared on You're a Star, Popstars and Popstars: The Rivals. Walsh has also guest judged on Britain's Got Talent a number of times and on The X Factor USA in 2012. He was confirmed by Simon Cowell in 2015 to front Ireland's Got Talent.


Louis Walsh sections
Intro  Band manager  Television career  List of groups and performers managed by Walsh  Controversy  Awards and honours  References  External links  

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