‘X Factor’ boyband Stereo Kicks ‘glad to be away from’ Louis Walsh

The eight-piece boy band were mentored by Walsh on the The X-Factor 2014 and finished fifth

Stereo Kicks singer Tom Mann has spoken out against the boyband’s former X-Factor mentor Louis Walsh, saying the group are “glad to be away from him.”

The eight-piece group were mentored by Louis Walsh on last year’s The X-Factor, where they finished fifth. Speaking to The Sun, Mann commented:

“We had a bumpy ride because everyone was like, ‘Are there too many, are there too many? Obviously Louis didn’t exactly help the situation by suggesting that a couple of us should be kicked out of the band.”

Despite describing Louis as “lovely” Mann explained the group were glad to be working independently of the long-standing X-Factor judge.

“I’d by lying if I said I wish we were still with Louis. If I’m honest then I’d say we’re glad to be away from him.”

Stereo Kicks recently released their debut single ‘Love Me So’ written by Tom Mann.

Elsewhere, X-Factor regular Sinitta recently tipped One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson as the next X-Factor judge.

Tomlinson is now a bookmaker’s favourite to replace Louis Walsh as a new judge. The news follows a recent revelation by Louis Walsh on Irish channel TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show that he is “done with X Factor.”

Asked her thoughts on Tomlinson as a new X-Factor judge, eighties pop singer Sinitta told the Daily Mail, “That would be amazing.”

“He spent a lot of time with us last year, mentoring the talent and watching rehearsals. I could definitely see him going into music management and production so it’s a good place to start.”

“If Louis (Walsh) goes that’s definitely going to shake things up because he’s the only one who’s always been there,” she continued. “Even Simon was away for three years. That would be a big change if he’s serious about it.”