Louis Walsh pulls out of this weekend’s X Factor

Louis Walsh has pulled out of The X Factor this weekend to attend the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

The ITV1 show’s judge and former Boyzone manager was left devastated following Gately’s sudden death in Majorca at the weekend.

Gately’s funeral will take place in the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole in Dublin on Saturday.

An X Factor spokesperson confirmed: “Due to recent tragic events, Louis Walsh will not be appearing on either the Saturday or Sunday live X Factor shows this weekend as he is attending Stephen Gately’s funeral.

“Louis has been in close contact with his acts throughout the week, although his opinions will not be represented in the show this weekend.”

Louis is mentoring the two remaining groups Miss Frank and John and Edward. Girl band Kandy Rain were the first act to be eliminated from the competition last Saturday.

The X Factor continues on Saturday at 8pm on ITV1.