French answer to 'Jedward' terrifies Simon
Published 28/08/2010 | 05:00
X-FACTOR judges will be confronted by the Parisian equivalent of Jedward on tonight's show.
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 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.
After performing Lady GaGa hit 'Let's Dance', Cole 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."
But Cowell blamed Walsh 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."