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HomeTown boys say manager Louis Walsh is a scary man if things aren't done his way

"He's been cracking the whip since we started, but he knows what's needed from a boyband," - Cian Morton.

By Patricia Devlin

He's known as the easy going talent show judge who makes boyband’s dreams come true.

But don’t get on the wrong side of Irish music mogul Louis Walsh.

That’s according to the 63-year-old’s new boyband HomeTown.

The cheeky six piece have revealed that the former X-Factor judge can get so hot headed — he scares them.

“We’ve only seen it once or twice, but when he’s cross, he is really, really cross,” the band’s Cian Morton told Sunday Life.

“He has the X-Factor side — the ditzy funny Irish guy, but he also has the fiery side where he is tough on us.

“He’s been cracking the whip since we started, but he’s been doing this job for a long time and he knows what’s needed from a boyband, so he’s making sure everyone is doing their job, and doing it right.

“He’s on the phone constantly making sure what we have to be doing.

“Does he scare us? Yeah, but it’s more out of respect than fear!”

It’s clear the boyband godfather has worked his popstar magic again.

Within a year the new six piece has topped the Irish charts — twice; released their first UK single and are set to launch their new album.

Louis handpicked Cian, 20, along with band members Dayl Cronin, 21, Ryan McLoughlin, 21, Brendan Murray, 18, and Josh Grey, 17, after auditioning over 1,000 music hopefuls.

Since leaving the hit ITV show’s judging panel earlier this year, the music manager is now putting his all into making the band, who hail from across Ireland, a success.

And going by the boys’ growing fan base, they are on track to mirror the success of Walsh’s previous boybands, Boyzone and Westlife.

“We actually got mobbed at the 5 Seconds of Summer gig in Dublin there,” said Cian.

“We were there watching the gig and next thing you know thousands of girls just came towards us, people were being squashed, security had to come in and take us out — it was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had. And Josh took a panic attack!”

With One Direction taking a break next year, 2016 could be a massive year for Hometown but band  members are taking it in their stride.

Said Dayl: “Being compared to any of those bands is an honour, a compliment. It’s a big expectation as well, their success was unbelievable.

“But we don’t focus on who we are compared to, we just want to release our own music and if we get anywhere near where One Directions are we will be happy.”

Fresh from supporting The Vamps on their UK and Ireland tour, the group is determined to crack the UK with debut single Where I Belong.

The track, penned by Irish chart toppers Kodaline, managed to beat Ed Sheeran and One Direction to the number one spot in Ireland, and they hope they can repeat that success in the UK.

“I think our main goal is to do our own UK tour. That would be amazing,” said Ryan.

“I just hope we can get to that stage where people will come to see us, that we aren’t supporting somebody else.

“Also the album will be released, so we have that to look forward to as well.

“More fans, a couple of singles out and a number one would be great too!”

But one thing that is off the boys’ agendas is love.

Said Cian: “Five out of six of us are single. Ryan is in a long term relationship, and he is very content.

“For any of us to try to start new relationships with so much going on, it would just be too difficult.

“But if Kendall Jenner is free I might be able to find the time to bring her out for a Domino’s.”

- You can download HomeTown’s new single Where I Belong on iTunes now.

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