Belfast Telegraph

'French Jedward' try to woo judges

X Factor judges are confronted by the Parisian equivalent of Jedward on Saturday night's show - twins who tackle Lady Gaga.

French brothers Samir and Mehdi jetted in to try to win a place on the show with their "infectious" performance lapped up by judge Cheryl Cole.

Last year Irish twins John and Edward Grimes became a surprise hit with viewers with their wonky vocals, huge quiffs and over-the-top routines. But show boss Simon Cowell - who rallied against the Jedward phenomenon - is less than enamoured with the idea of a repeat.

Parisian duo Twem explain their act is named after the Arabic term for twins.

"It means also lucky," they tell judges. "We started singing when we were babies in the kitchen on the table with our mother. To sing in English is a big challenge for us but it's also a very beautiful language."

After performing GaGa hit Let's Dance, Cheryl tells them: "Not the best vocals in the world but there's something really likeable and infectious and cute about you. I actually really enjoyed it for all those reasons. You're like the Parisian John and Edward."

And Louis Walsh - who championed Jedward last year - said: "You've definitely got the likeability factor and you're pretty good singers to sing a song like that."

But Simon blamed Louis for unleashing further twins on the world, telling him: "This is the effect you're now having on Europe and that is a terrifying thought."

Saturday's show features auditions from Dublin and London, with Katy Perry sitting in for then-pregnant Dannii Minogue.

:: The X Factor is screened by ITV1 at 7.30pm on Saturday


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