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Thursday 14 December 2017

DUMPED: Record label ditches Jedward

but they're busier than ever, says boss Louis

JEDWARD have once again sent shockwaves through the showbiz world after the duo were dramatically dropped by their record label.

In spite of their number-one hit Ice Ice Baby (Under Pressure), their label Sony has axed the quiff-haired pair.

But the boys' manager, pop mogul Louis Walsh (57) insisted that the news is only a hiccup in Jedward's pop career and has vowed that they will still earn millions by December as they are "busier than ever".

And in spite of being dramatically dropped by the leading label after releasing just one single, the 17-year-olds are still expected to record and release an album.

"I'm going to make an album with them. There isn't enough days in the year for the amount of work I have lined up for them. They are busier than ever -- and another major label will take them on board and we are going to make an album," Walsh said.

"They've had a number-one single here, they've sold 30,000 tickets, they are massive, this doesn't mean anything except we are going elsewhere.

"There is so much money coming in to these boys -- they are going to be millionaires by Christmas and the best thing about them is that they don't care about the money at all," he added.

The Lucan twins, who became household names thanks to their stint on the X Factor, are currently revelling in their performances for the show's tour.

The pair are joined by this year's winner Joe McElderry and other finalists Olly Murs, Lucie Jones, Stacey Solomon, Lloyd Daniels, Jamie Archer, Danyl Johnson during their tour throughout the UK and Ireland.



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Since becoming the most talked about act on the hit programme, demand for tickets for the Dublin leg of the tour forced organisers to add several extra dates, and John revealed they are mostly looking forward to playing their native Dublin.

John revealed: "All we have been doing is talking about the Dublin dates -- we are super excited -- we can't wait.

"We want to take everyone from the show to our favourite places in Dublin.

"Going on stage in the O2 is one of the most exciting things that has every happened to us."

Last night, the boys arrived in the capital once again, and stayed true to their down-to-earth nature by taking a ferry.

The boys wrote on their Twitter last night: "We are officially in Dublin, Ireland. We are so happy to be meeting all the fans, you all rock! John and Edward here we are so excited!"

Irish fans are excitedly waiting to see their favourite X Factor act perform tonight and will revel in knowing that the pair have received twice as many songs to sing as the other finalists.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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