MOODY X Factor singer Aiden Grimshaw has told how even he couldn't help but smile at the comic antics of South Yorkshire's own One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.
Today he revealed how the 18-year-old boy band pin up was the clown prince in the X Factor house as he described him as a "comic genius".
Louis, from Bessacarr, played lots of practical jokes on the others.
And he almost gave Simon Cowell and the show's producers heart failure with one prank - when he went AWOL.
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"I love Louis. He's an absolute comic genius. He's one of the funniest people I've ever met,'' said Aiden, who will joining One Direction and other finalists on the X Factor Live Tour at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on March 1 and 2.
"He's played loads of little jokes on me.
"I remember there was one week when he just ran away for the night from the X-Factor. He just ran away for the night. Just left. You should ask him about that back in Sheffield.
"Everyone was wondering where he was. He said he would be back but he didn't. He just stayed out the whole night."
Also joining Aiden and One Direction at the Arena will be 2010 show winner Matt Cardle, along with runner up Rebecca Ferguson and other finalists includingCher Lloyd, Mary Byrne, Katie Waissel, Wagner and Paije Richardson.
But Aiden, who is working on songsfor a debut album,said fans can expect a change of direction from him - and not to expect just the same moody performances he delivered on the show with his interpretations of Mad World, Jealous Guy and Diamonds Are Forever.
He says there's much more to him.
"There's going to be a definite change of direction. The sort of music we played on the show was not always my sort of music, but my sort of music was not always right for the show.
"I did some very moody performances but I think the feeling and the atmosphere matched that of the song.
"If I went out singing Mad World withfour juggling balls, a little clown and a massive smile on my face, I would have looked a bit ridiculous.
"I kept thinking these two minutes have got to count in any way I could, which meant being moody.
"I was dying to dance around to the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Hendrix."
The Blackpool boy says the show has changed his life, but for now he can still walk down the seafront.
Though he's expecting all the fame fuss to kick in again when he's reunited with his new X Factor buddies on the Talk Talk sponsoredUK and Ireland tour.Last year's X Factor Live Tour completely sold out, with almost a million people seeing the show across 57 dates.
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