The 50 Faces of Louis Walsh

Many faced LWIt seems X Factor Judge, Louis Walsh has been upsetting Pop princess Cheryl Cole again!

This time Walsh, has caused offence to Cheryl, by telling an X Factor hopeful to “work on his faces” after giving a heartfelt performance.

Cheryl was quick to respond to Walsh by telling him to work on his own! To which he replied “I only have one”.  Cheryl couldn’t resist adding “Yeah, and the 50 others.”

It was previously reported that Cheryl wasn’t happy working with Walsh again, after her former band Girls Aloud, dropped him as manager for alleged mismanagement. It’s claimed Mel B has been forced to sit between the two, and the current status of their relationship is said to be “frosty.”

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Midfield Workhorse – Bunch of Damn Dogs EP Review

midfield workhorseMIDFIELD WORKHORSE

/ˈmɪd.fɪәld/ ˈwɜːkˌhɔːs/


1. a player active in the midfield, as in soccer, often playing both offensively and

defensively. usually possesses strong tackling and passing technique. often equally as

destructive as they are creative.

2. a band from Kingston, formed in 2013. equally as destructive as they are creative.

We’ve featured Midfield Workhorse on Essentially Pop before – their song “Lincolnshire Poacher” has a rocky sound-of-summer feel about it and was a big hit at their recent gig at Guilfest. Now the Kingston lads have released their first EP – “Bunch of Damn Dogs” and it’s no less impressive.

“Challenge Accepted” is next after lead song “Lincolnshire Poacher” and has all the strong guitar we’ve come to expect from the guys, reminding us (fondly) of so many rock bands of the 80s and 90s.  We hear hints (a little) 0f The Housemartins, early Oasis, and even Irish pop/rock group, Brian.  All good stuff!

Following on from this, we break into “Stolen Seconds”.  With a jarring, yet catchy guitar hook, and a thumping drumbeat, again we’re taken back to the late 80s. It’s not a bad thing.  It’s a song which screams to be performed live, and fans will no doubt lap it up.

“Bunch of Damn Dogs” is filled with soaring guitar riffs, and will be available on limited edition EP as well as through iTunes, and streamed through Spotify.

Catch Midfield Workhorse on 8th September at The Windmill, Brixton, and on 9th September  at The Boileroom, Guildford.  Both nights will also feature “twothirtytwo” and “Parachute For Gordo”.

For more details or to contact the band, they can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, or email Del Noble.

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dontIt’s here! The new video for Ed Sheeran‘s latest single, “Don’t” was dropped today at 3pm UK time.

Ed tweeted after it that you can also pre-order the Don’t EP through iTunes:


Watch the vidoeo here:

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Do Syngstreet Have The XFactor?

SyngstreetHave you heard of SyngStreet yet? Well if not, you might soon, if Linda Martin has any say in the matter!

Martin, close friend and sometime colleague of Louis Walsh, has put her pop group of 3 boys and 2 girls through the UK’s XFactor, where Louis just happens to be a judge.

She assembled the group  with the help of former Jedward choreographer, Stuart O’Connor.  You might remember him from a couple of years back as the mentor of Irish Eurovision entry, Ryan Dolan.

Another familiar face is Alan McGrath, one of SyngStreet’s boys, who played a mean drum on stage with Dolan in 2013.  He too has Jedward connections, having been one of their dancers for a number of years.

Linda and Stuart came up with the idea for the new group when attending the auditions for Louis’ boy band, HomeTown.  She told that she saw lots of “superstars” turned away because Louis wanted a “serious boy band”.  Walsh told her she should look out for an Irish “Steps”:

‘I never thought of becoming a manager until Louis said it to me that day,’

Speaking to  The Irish Mirror Martin said:

 “Last year, Louis was holding auditions for his new band and we were involved in those as they went through the call backs.

“And there was some astounding talent in so many forms. And Louis has made his decision – as we came to the end of the decision, and Louis was whittling down the numbers, he was looking for voices.

“He was looking for particular types of voices, and at one point he turned around to me and said, ‘Put a boy-girl band together.’

“I said, ‘Well if it’s such a good idea why don’t you do it?’ And he said, ‘I’m not working with girls – they’re too high maintenance. But you do it’.”

O’Connor told the Irish Daily Star:

“We saw all these really talented young guys and we’ve heard that there’s a gap in the market for another Steps-style band. So we’ve decided to go for it,”

With Louis Walsh fully supporting them in their venture right from the start, it’s no surprise the 5-piece flew through their Edinburgh audition last month straight into Boot Camp.

Will SyngStreet have the staying power of their compatriots, Jedward? Only time will tell.  Just yesterday The Irish Sun revealed that John and Edward are making waves in China, where their self-penned and produced song, Free Spirit, is being shown on several music video channels, including MTV.  It seems the Dublin duo have come a very long way since parting ways with Walsh nearly two years ago, including a tour of Australia late last year.

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Jedward Think Big

Jedward in The SunWith John and Edward recently tweeting that they’re planning their annual summer holiday with best friend Tara Reid, we at Essentially Pop wonder if the Dublin Duo and their Sharknado 2 pal might have China on their mind?

It’s been reported in today’s Irish Sun newspaper that the pair are making it big in the world’s most populous country, with the video for their latest single, Free Spirit, being screened on music tv channels, including MTV!  It’s doing very well over there, getting (so far) as high as Number 3 on the channel’s TianLaiCun western music chart.

A source told The Sun:

“Most of Jedward’s work is going to be in Asia next year.

“They aren’t doing panto this Christmas so they’ll probably come back from China, and go back out there in early 2015.”

We think featuring a stunning Asian girl in the video was a genius move, but almost as much are the gorgeous shots of the Irish countryside.  The Sun goes on to quote their source:

“The amazing thing about the video is that they shot it themselves but it’s been seen by more people in China than any Irish tourism ad.”

If you want to see Jedward live in concert in Dublin this October, where they’ll be singing not only Free Spirit, but also other songs from their new album, you can enter our competition to win a ticket!

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Louis Walsh Is No King of the Kitchen

Louis and the Chicken WingsDon’t let Louis Walsh in your kitchen – that’s a handy word of advice from Westlife’s Brian McFadden, who invited the XFactor judge to participate in his new show, “Who’s Doing the Dishes“.

The premise of the new show, being made for UK channel ITV, is for stars to make a dish in a family’s home – without them knowing who the celebrity cook is.

McFadden told Irish entertainment website,

“I can tell you that the show had Louis Walsh. He did it to me as a favour because he doesn’t cook so it is a very, very funny show to watch – Louis Walsh trying to cook food,” he said.

“It’s actually quite disturbing in points. He tried to make spicy chicken wings.

“The only way I could describe it was f***ing disgusting. He just got these wings that looked like bats and he made a marinade with water, ketchup and mustard and just poured it over and cooked it.

“I’ve never seen anyone just hand food back and just go, ‘I’m not eating that’. Poor people starved to death.”

Brian went on to point out that Walsh was very funny:

“He was slagging the contestants, he was just brilliant. Just being proper Louis in an apron.”

Let’s hope that Louis’ financial advice is better than his cooking skills – he’s recently referred One Direction’s Harry Styles and Niall Horan to his accountant!

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Win a Ticket to See JEDWARD Live in Concert in DUBLIN!

Jedward Croke ParkRemember we told you about Jedward‘s amazing performance at Guilfest and how awesome they were (yes we love them)?

WELL – you can go see them in Dublin! Yes! We at Essentially Pop have ONE ticket for ONE very lucky winner to go see John and Edward at Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre!

Jedward will be promoting their new album at this concert, and the audience may well be given the opportunity to hear their new songs live for the first time.  It’s an experience not to be missed!

Simply answer the following question (winner will be chosen at random from the correct answers):

What TWO countries are used as locations in Jedward’s Free Spirit video?

****Email your answer to “Jedward Competition”****


This competition is for ONE STANDARD ticket only, at Jedward’s concert on October 24, commencing 7.15pm.  The seat is located in the stalls of Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

Essentially Pop is in no way associated with Jedward, Planet Jedward Ltd, MCD Productions, or the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.

The winner will have to provide their own transport to and from Dublin, Ireland, and to and from the venue, and arrange their own accommodation – this competition is for a standard ticket only. 

If you are the winner, please make sure you are available to attend the concert in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 October 2014, at 7.15pm.  This is a Friday night.

The prize is not transferrable, nor is it able to be exchanged for cash.


****Entries close MIDNIGHT on TUESDAY September 30****



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