X Factor judge Louis Walsh didn't mean to cause any offence

Louis Walsh has said sorry for likening black contestant Paije Richardson to comedian Lenny Henry on Saturday’s X Factor.

The Irish judge made the bizarre comment after the singer performed his medley of The Monkees hit I’m A Believer and Outkast‘s Hey Ya!

‘You’re a little like Lenny Henry,’ said Louis, leaving the rest of the panel pulling quizzical faces.

But now the 58-year-old has issued an apology to Paije, 19. 

Louis never meant to cause any offence,’ an X Factor spokesman tells The Sun.

Paije is being mentored by Dannii Minogue, 39.

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