Louis Walsh is back to doing what he does best by giving his honest opinion on pop stars even if it offends them. He reiterated his belief that chart-toppers Girls Aloud disliked each other and that Nadine Coyle had the best voice.
The remarks are sure to rankle with former band member Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who has not had the best of relationships with the 63-year-old Irishman.
The X Factor judge opened up about Girls Aloud during Kate Thornton's BBC Radio 2 Paper Cuts on Wednesday. Asked about comments he had made previously about the girl band back when he was overseeing their career, Louis said: "They didn't even like each other and it was never going to work."
He admitted he should have given them more of his time, but also insisted they should have done the same.
Louis told Kate that matters became strained "because I said Nadine was the best singer and she was. She was the voice of Girls Aloud so it was problems from day one."
Girls Aloud - who included Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding - were managed by Louis after they won ITV talent series Popstars: The Rivals back in 2002.
Louis went on to insist Nadine should have married a footballer and he discussed his opinion of Boyzone's Ronan Keating, saying he had no wish to work with the fellow Irishman in the future.
In 2015, Cheryl hit out at the Irishman on Twitter after he gave her most recent X Factor appearance a less than positive assessment. "Cheryl wasn't great last year," he told Heat magazine. "She's sometimes lazy and lacks energy ... She's irrelevant these days."
In a series of tweets, the 32-year-old told him to say something positive instead.
But in March of this year, he continued on the same theme. "Cheryl needs a rest. She's lost a bit of energy, she should go away, make a record and maybe record another hit," he told the Daily Star.
Cheryl announced her decision not to return to The X Factor in April.
Before their 2013 split, Girls Aloud topped the album chart and enjoyed several number one singles in the UK with tracks such as Sound Of The Underground and The Promise.