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Boyzone may appear on the X Factor in a tribute to Stephen Gately

X Factor discuss inviting Boyzone to appear on the show

X Factor bosses have discussed securing Boyzone’s first performance on stage without Stephen Gately, in a fitting tribute to the late star.

Stephen, 33, was a huge fan of the show and last year begged manager and judge Louis Walsh to give them a slot.

At the time Stephen admitted: “We said to him, ‘Come on Louis, you have to get us on the show for a song’... He’ll have to, I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t.”

Stephen had already been asked to be a celebrity host on the ITV2 show, but died before he had the chance to appear.

A meeting has been held to discuss the possibility of the boys fulfiling Step-hen’s wish with a moving farewell to “their brother”.

But chiefs have held back on making a formal approach until they speak to Louis.

Stephen’s devastated bandmates Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch have taken at least a week off to try to come to terms with his tragic death in Majorca.

A source said: “Stephen was a very close friend of the ITV show.

“During a production meeting they were discussing ideas for guest performers. Boyzone were mentioned as an obvious choice.

“Everyone is painfully aware they need to be sensitive, so they have held back on a formal approach until they speak to Louis.

“But the huge outpouring of grief is hard to ignore.

“There have been a lot of messages asking the boys to do some kind of tribute to his life.

“X Factor would be the perfect place as Stephen begged Louis to be on the show. It would be a very emotional night for everyone – there wouldn’t be a dry eye.”

The source added: “The boys would have to decide whether they could hold it together.”

Louis chose Ronan to help him select contestants at boot camp.


^ A tribute video I found on Youtube for Stephen, throught out the 16 years of Boyzone, & of course when they re united again in 2007. Its a great video

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Apparetnly there were 21,000 complaints about the Jan Moir article, the most the Press Complaints Committee have EVER received :cool:

It's up over 25,000 now and Polydor records have also made an official complaint to the PCC about it too from what i have read.

Yeah hopefully some appropriate action will be taken now :angry:

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