Louis Walsh makes sly dig at Girls Aloud after he helped them to fame on Popstars: The Rivals

Louis Walsh created Girls Aloud two decades ago on Popstars: The Rivals but has now revealed that he ‘never wanted them’.

The Irish native star, 69, was a judge on the 2002 ITV series that saw hundreds of hopefuls battle to win places in a girl group and boy band.

The judge explained how all female groups never worked because they all wanted to be ‘the lead girl’ or become a WAG, appearing to take a swipe at Cheryl.

Shocking: Louis Walsh created Girls Aloud two decades ago on Popstars: The Rivals but has now revealed that he ‘never wanted them’

He said: ‘I thought I was going to get a boy band, I was convinced. And they gave me the girls. I didn’t want them.

‘Girls don’t like each other in bands, it’s very simple. They all want to be the lead girl. They all want to go out with the footballer. They all want to be the skinniest. ‘

Louis was joined on the show by judges DJ Dr Fox, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Pete Waterman while Davina McCall hosted.

The Irish native star, 69, was a judge on the 2002 ITV series that saw hundreds of hopefuls battle to win places in a girl group and boy band which saw Girls Aloud win (pictured Kimberly Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts)

The Irish native star, 69, was a judge on the 2002 ITV series that saw hundreds of hopefuls battle to win places in a girl group and boy band which saw Girls Aloud win (pictured Kimberly Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts)

Super-producer Pete had Girls Aloud’s rival boy band, One True Voice, but they were beaten to top spot by the now hit track.

Pete believed ‘he was gonna win with his band’ and was ‘not a good loser’ after Louis beat him.

The Irishman admitted that Pete ‘hasn’t really talked to me since’ his group went to No1 and his didn’t.

Louis had a much more relaxed approach towards the girl group and already managed Westlife and Boyzone at the time.

'I didn't want them': The judge explained how all female groups never worked because they all wanted to be 'the lead girl' or become a WAG.

‘I didn’t want them’: The judge explained how all female groups never worked because they all wanted to be ‘the lead girl’ or become a WAG.

He said: ‘I didn’t want to be on TV, I was happy managing bands. I was making good money as a manager.

‘Then he offered me a load of money and I said yes. It was to do something that I liked doing anyway. ‘

Cheryl, 38, Nadine Coyle, 37, Nicola Roberts, 36, Kimberley Walsh, 40, and Sarah Harding, who died of cancer last year aged 39, had seven hugely successful years.

They enjoyed 20 consecutive Top Ten hits, including four No1s, and sold more than 4.3million singles and four million albums in the UK.

Impressive: Girls Aloud enjoyed 20 consecutive Top Ten hits, including four No1s, and sold more than 4.3million singles and four million albums in the UK.

Impressive: Girls Aloud enjoyed 20 consecutive Top Ten hits, including four No1s, and sold more than 4.3million singles and four million albums in the UK.

Cheryl became even more well known after marrying former footballer Ashley Cole, 41, in 2006, and launched a solo career.

In 2008 the Fight For This Love singer joined Louis as a TV judge on the ITV show X Factor which was officially axed last year.

He believes the show had peaked and TV like that is ‘never going to be as good’ due to ‘everyone being afraid to have an opinion.’

‘It was real, it was funny, it was everything. Everything is too woke and too perfect now. Everyone is afraid to have an opinion. I couldn’t do it because I don’t have a great filter, I like to say it as I see it.

‘You know the people at home are thinking the very same thing as you. It’s boring now, everyone is wonderful and you’re going to be a star and all that. I mean, they’re not going to be a star, you know?

‘I think people have to be honest. I like to say it like it is. People either have it or they haven’t got it. ‘

Career: In 2008 Cheryl joined Louis as a TV judge on the ITV show X Factor which was officially axed last year

Career: In 2008 Cheryl joined Louis as a TV judge on the ITV show X Factor which was officially axed last year

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