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Friday 22 August 2014

Irish X Factor twins John and Edward steal the show with Ghostbusters theme

John and Edward
Kandy Rain: Kandy Rain are another all-girl group from London
Stacey Solomon: The 19-year-old Essex mum had never made it past the first audition stage

Who ya gonna call? John and Edward! The off-tune Dublin twins single-handedly saved The X Factor on Saturday night with a show-stopping production of Ghostbusters.

Simon says he'll leave the country if they win, but in the words of their mentor Louis Walsh: “Don't forget to send us a postcard, Simon!”

What a performance, boys – because with a full-size Ghostbusters van, Michael Jackson-style dance routine and on-stage zombies, their vocal ability — or lack of it — wasn't really an issue.

In a week of pantomime judge feuds, contestants having hissy fits backstage and yet more tears, it's clear The X Factor is no longer about singing — if it were, surely Rachel (remember her?) would still be in the show.

Say what you like about John and Edward, but they are the only contestants this series who haven't bored us to tears with sad tales about dying relatives, faux weeping and constant harping about “my X Factor journey”.

The more cynical among us might question their position in the running order on last night's show — the acts singing near the end always do better and keeping 'Jedward' until the end of the show means guaranteed high ratings — but in this case it was definitely a case of saving the best till last.

This weekend the theme was Songs From The Movies, which meant the eight remaining contestants could sing any song that has featured on a film soundtrack. But even the song choices caused rows between the tetchy judges, with Louis accusing Simon of “cheating” for using Crying — it's from 1997 little-known indie movie Gummo apparently!

Tensions were running high right from the start as the fifth live show got underway with a lukewarm performance from Stacey Solomon — and the poor comments that followed the Essex girl's performance set the tone for the evening.

Even Dermot O'Leary didn't escape the caustic comments from Louis, who put him firmly in his place and reminded him he was the host and not a judge.

The judges were all on catty form, ripping into every act with comments ranging from: “It was like having tea with my mum” to “you're unsatisfying — like eating a Chinese meal”.

And you know what? They were right — until John and Edward appeared, The X Factor lacked the fun factor.

Thankfully Cheryl Cole left her fancy dress at home this week after last week's frocky horror and stuck to a demure little black dress. She gave a nod to movie star glamour with gorgeous ’50s-inspired curls while Dannii Minogue and her ever-changing hair looked like a screen goddess in a white Grecian-style full-length gown.

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