Michael Louis Vincent Walsh is an Irish entertainment manager and 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. 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 TV talent pundit and personality. He has been a judge on The X Factor since the show's inception in 2004, mentoring the "Groups" category 5 times and the "Overs" category 3 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, Popstars: The Rivals, Britain's Got Talent.
Walsh, above, said: “I was bullied at school, never physically, but I didn’t conform to being the ordinary type of guy from a small town in western Ireland.“I didn’t want to be a vet or a banker or a farmer. I didn’t like football.”
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