Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

X Factor's 'terrible twins' the Grimes brothers survive another week

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They can't sing and they can't dance, but the Grimes brothers from Dublin have continued to defy the odds and survive in 'The X Factor' for another week.

The Lucan twins were the sixth act to make it through in last night's results show, however, their triumph was marred by booing from the audience.

The indomitable John and Edward -- dubbed the 'terrible twins' -- have set the singing contest alight with their sky-high hair-dos and energetic dance routines.

And that recipe for success saw them sail comfortably through to the next round.

While they have come in for sharp criticism from some quarters regarding their singing ability, one million Irish viewers tuned in to watch their exploits when they performed Ricky Martin's 'She Bangs' on Saturday night and survived the vote last night night.

But that love hasn't been reciprocated from the twins' 'X Factor' mentor, Louis Walsh.

The pop impresario has said he "doesn't care" about Irish interest in the twins as nobody here can vote on their fate.

When contacted in advance of last night's results show, Louis made it clear that it was the opinions of British viewers -- and not Irish fans -- that count.

Asked what he thought of the boys' chances of surviving for another week, he said; "I don't know, I think they should do ok. Nobody can vote in Ireland, so I don't care."

TV3, which broadcasts the ITV-produced series in Ireland, said the British broadcaster, which has suffered phone-in voting controversy in the past, had refused to allow votes from outside the country.

"We are really disappointed we can't vote. It's something we fought for . . . but it was ITV's decision," explained a spokeswoman.

But this has not stopped Irish interest in the show ,with viewing figures up "massively".

"The twins are a huge talking point and the fact they're Irish has meant there's a lot of interest. Everybody loves to hate them," she added.

The twins, who turned 18 earlier this month, have been on the receiving end of some hurtful criticism, with judge Simon Cowell once referring to them as "vile little creatures".

However, the boys, who are students at Dublin's Institute of Education, have also garnered rave reviews with Robbie Williams, one of their most vocal supporters. At a recent concert in London, he urged the crowd to back the twins but this entreaty was met with a chorus of boos.

Dozens of Facebook sites have been set up with the sole purpose of campaigning for the teenagers to be booted off the show. At the same time, their performances are among the most eagerly anticipated, with viewership figures reaching almost 15 million.

The twins have admitted in the past to being hurt by things said about them.

"We are not just two guys who sing and have this annoying personality. We can actually do it," they said.

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