Former Westlife star turned solo-artist Shane Filan joined Ryan Tubridy live on 2fm this morning to talk about his new single Everything to Me.

Filan also went back to basics and spoke about his Westlife audition, revealing that he had to trick Simon Cowell into liking him.

Speaking to Tubridy about the incident, the 34-year-old said: “We auditioned in the Westbury in town. I remember we got the train up that morning. We sang Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by the Backstreet Boys song. After the audition Louis stayed in the room and chatted to Simon. Then Louis came back out and he was freaking out.

"He actually slapped me in the face. Not too hard, but he just lost the plot completely. Louis said ‘What were you doing? I was counting on you . . . you were terrible!’”

Shane added: “I did a bad audition. I was very nervous".

Filan admitted that he was devastated when Cowell told Louis that he didn't want him in the band, adding: “I started crying. I was like ‘oh no my life is over. I can’t believe I messed it up.’ Then Louis said ‘It’s okay. We’ll grow your hair long. We’ll dye it and we’ll bring you back in two months.’"

Filan added: "So I went into Peter Mark in Dublin and dyed my hair blonde and grew it long. I went back two months later and Simon was there. He said to Louis ‘Who’s the new guy? I really like him.’"

To which Louis replied: "‘I got rid of that other guy, he was terrible. I found this new guy last week.'"

You can catch the full interview from The Tubridy Show on the RTÉ Radio Player (