Oh dear. Louis Walsh has quit X Factor after Simon was mean to him. Simon called him "stupid" and "an idiot" and a divvy and said he smelled and said his mum worked in McDonald's and he bought his clothes in Oxfam ... Is it any wonder Louis quit? After spending years and years in the bed of roses, kittens, rainbows and chocolate that is the famously good-tempered and forgiving music industry, the poor man can't be expected to put up with a bit of verbal abuse. As Louis himself says in The Sun:
I've been totally humiliated and undermined by both of them. This has caused me nothing but stress.
The final straw was Sharon with the water and being booed by the audience and then Simon Cowell saying I was an idiot and stupid. I've had enough. I'm going back to Dublin. I'm not putting up with it anymore.The X Factor site has a particularly anodyne statement from the show's producers up, while the official messageboard (via the official website) is humming with specualtion. Radio 1 announce he's back! Now he's in "crisis talks" with the producers! Ah, it's all a publicity stunt! Now he's thrown all his toys on the floor and is crying in a corner! Now he's been given a lollipop by Simon and they've gone off to the sandpit to play together!
TV Troll must admit to a certain antipathy towards Louis - he's certainly less entertaining than Simon and Sharon, and after he chose the Conways (how are they still in the running, or even within screeching distance of the racecourse?) over Maria, well, we were livid. However, we are rather fond of Shayne, and wonder how his progress will be affected by his mentor's defection; even if Louis comes back, Shayne's bound to be a bit shaken, in a you-didn't-care-enough-about-me-to-stay kind of way. Oh, poor darling Shayne. We'll give you a cheer-up hug any time you need one, sweetie - maybe not one quite like Sharon's, but a nice hug nonetheless. And whatever the outcome of the drama, it's put X Factor right back at the top of our priority viewing list. Roll on Saturday night.