I finally got to grips with X Factor twins John and Edward at the Jingle Bell Ball. In real life they’re bizarre but exceedingly fun. Some choice comments. Talking about Lady Gaga at the show: “Everytime I hear Gaga I think of a baby toy – maybe she should bring out a baby range. She’d probably go Gaga if we got a better reception than her.”
On being pelted with bottles at a nightclub this week by anti-Jedward fans: “The bottles came flying from the crowd but we didn’t need to be hydrated – we were fine. It added to our stage show. A special effect.”
And when I asked them how they had such thick skins John replied: “We haven’t. But could you imagine if we had really thick skin. We’d just look so weird.” Jedward are genius. End of.
Lady Gaga obviously stole the show at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball in her trademark teeny tiny outfit but rumours backstage say she was in a somewhat feisty mood. One snitch revealed: “She fired her band on the spot at the end of the week according to her people. So everybody was worried her set would be flawed but she managed to pull it off easily. She’s a professional.”
John and Edward stood aghast as Gaga performed her dress rehearsal. John told me: “She’s crazy and we like that. We haven’t met her yet but we hope she likes our quiff.”
Meanwhile Una from the Saturdays revealed all the acts backstage were sweaty because of Gaga. She revealed: “Part of her rider was that there was no air conditioning backstage so we’re all sweating like pigs.” That would explain the Saturdays Pussycat Dolls style outfits!
Westlife’s Nicky Byrne (above with the boys) tells me he’s thrilled to have beaten Take That to the number two position in the charts today – and he happily admitted defeat to the almighty Susan Boyle. He told me at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball last night: “It wasn’t a case of us wanting to beat Take That – but we’re pleased to have done it. Susan Boyle’s obviously riding this incredibly huge wave at the minute so we never thought we’d beat her.”
Nicky also added he’d heard Lady Gaga was planning to wear her most revealing outfit yet on stage at the Ball. He laughed: “She doesn’t scare me at all but I hope she doesn’t come out totally naked. She’s an amazing artist and definitely someone I have respect for.”
Fellow bandmate Mark Feehily told me he’s glad Jedward have signed to the boys management firm with Louis Walsh. He said: “Those boys are nearly as crazy as Louis so I think they will be perfect together. They have big plans for them.”