Louis Walsh is predicting another 10 years of massive success for Westlife .
The lads are kicking off their reunion tour in Belfast tomorrow night – and manager Louis can't wait to see them back on stage together at The Twenty Tour.
And the former X Factor judge, who helped the lads rise to fame after forming in 1998, says this isn't a comeback – they're here to stay.
During an exclusive chat with Mirror Online ahead of opening night, Louis said: "It’s going to be brilliant, it really is. We love it, it’s not just a job.
"They are taking it so serious, they’ve become like four businessmen now as well as singers, it’s like their second chance, they appreciate it a lot more the second time around, they really do."
And Louis says the lads are here to stay.
He told us: "We’re in a great place, the tour's sold out, everyone is looking forward to it and we know what we’ve got to do.
"I’m excited, very few people get it second time around but this is going to last for 10 years I reckon. They’ve got 10 years and they’ve got so many hits.
"This isn’t a comeback, this is just chapter two of the book."
Louis says he can't wait for people to hear Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan's new album Spectrum.
And he's particularly excited about the songs written for the band by Ed Sheeran and James Bay.
He said: "They’re loving it, they love the fact that they've got great music. Ed Sheeran giving them those songs was like, wow.
"I’ve heard the album, we have like six massive hits on it which is amazing and we’re in a great place.
"They look young, they’re all enthusiastic, everything is just in place."
Louis added: "It’s different the second time around, they know the pit falls, they know what they’re up against, they know there are other young pop stars out there so they can’t be the old Westlife, this is the new Westlife and they know they have to do better songs, to work harder than ever, but they’re up for it.
"They’ve earned it, they’ve totally earned it, they know what they’re capable of.
"They’ve got great songs, it’s always about the songs for me and if you’ve got somebody like Ed writing songs for you and giving you hits it’s like, 'How lucky are we?' He could give them to anybody in the whole world and he’s like the number one hit maker. He’s got every faith in them."
Spectrum is available for Pre-Order now at https://westlife.lnk.to/SpectrumPR
UK tour dates
22 May – Belfast SSE Arena
23 May – Belfast SSE Arena
25 May – Belfast SSE Arena
26 May – Belfast SSE Arena
27 May – Belfast SSE Arena
28 May – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
30 May – Manchester Arena
31 May – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
1 June – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
3 June – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
4 June – Glasgow SEE Hydro Arena
5 June – Glasgow SEE Hydro Arena
7 June – Sheffield Fly DSA Arena
8 June – Sheffield Fly DSA Arena
10 June – Leeds First Direct Arena
11 June – Leeds First Direct Arena
13 June – London O2 Arena
14 June – London O2 Arena
15 June – London O2 Arena
18 June – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
19 June – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
21 June – Birmingham Arena
22 June – Birmingham Arena
23 June – Birmingham Arena
25 June – Liverpool Echo Arena
26 June – Liverpool Echo Arena
28 June – Manchester Arena
29 June – Manchester Arena
1 July – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
2 July – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
5 July – Dublin Croke Park
6 July – Dublin Croke Park
Southeast Asia tour dates
26 July – Bangkok, Thailand (Impact Arena)
27 July – Macau (Cotai Arena)
28 July – Taipei, Taiwan (Linkou Stadium)
29 July – Manilla, Philippines (Araneta Coliseum)
30 July – Manilla, Philippines (Araneta Coliseum)
6 August – Jakarta, Indonisia (Convention Exhibition)
7 August – Jakarta, Indonisia (Convention Exhibition)
8 August – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malawati Stadium)
9 August – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malawati Stadium)
10 August – Singapore (National Stadium)
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