X Factor's Wagner says he could've been the show's Susan Boyle!


Last year's X Factor finalist Wagner Carillho has said he could've been the shows Susan Boyle, if he had been given the chance to sing the tracks he wanted to. The classical singer, who originally impressed the judges in London with his voice, was instead made to sing songs such as Love Shack and She bangs by mentor Louis Walsh.

The 55-year-old told an Irish newspaper this week: “There is a part of me that is disappointed that I missed out on my Susan Boyle moment – I feel if I had of been allowed to sing the sweet songs that I liked, I could have truly impressed people.

“In my first audition I sang O Sole Mio, and then at boot camp I chose Leona Lewis’s Footprints In The Sand and I made Nicole Scherzinger cry.

“So when they brought me back I thought they were going to give me beautiful songs and then Louis came to my bungalow and said my first song was going to be a medley of ‘She Bangs’ and ‘Love Shack’ and I couldn’t believe it.”


“So, as a TV show, the press loved that they could make me look like mad, crazy, out-of-tune, womaniser, pervert – they gave me all that, but it’s not me really.”

And the controversial singer claimed that Louis Walsh's confusion with his name was set up for the cameras.

Wagner explained: “Louis came to me and planned the whole thing about getting my name wrong. I love it now because everyone knows my name and I don’t need a second name.

But despite the complaints, he added that he "couldn't be happier" with his life after the show. “I’m loving life in the UK now. I’m single, everyone knows my name and I’m really busy with gigs every week," he said.

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