Jedward play their part on Late Late Toy Show

LOOKING barely old enough to be allowed stay up to watch the Late Late Show – never mind take part in it – twin celebrities John and Edward Grimes made their major Irish TV debut last night in the company of Ryan Tubridy as he hosted his first Toy Show.

“We are so excited to be on the Toy Show,” said the identical twins in unison. “We watched it every year. Christmas wasn’t Christmas without the Toy Show, so this is a real highlight for us tonight.”

The much derided double-act charmed their way to fame on the British talent show, the X-Factor, but faced critics who say they are without musical talent. “That didn’t really bother us,” John told Tubridy. “We just went out there and sang for our fans.”

Last night, over one million viewers succumbed to the charm of the 18-year-old twins from Lucan, Co Dublin, and thousands of girls mobbed the RTÉ studio.

Twirling and swirling in shiny bronze suits, the boys burst on set with an elastic act of singing, dancing and athletics, mixing it with the audience before doing a flip to meet their host.

Tubridy was equally pleased. “We have been going through such hard times and Jedward distracted us and they did so really well,” he said. “They’re wonderfully ridiculous and they know that.”


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