Thursday 14 December 2017

Jedward and Vanilla Ice perform at awards bash

John and Edward duetted with 90's rap icon Vanilla Ice. Photo: Getty Images
John and Edward duetted with 90's rap icon Vanilla Ice. Photo: Getty Images

Anita Singh

Jedward and Vanilla Ice stole the limelight from X Factor winner Joe McElderry at Britain's National Television Awards.

Vanilla came on as a surprise guest during the twins' performance of their new single, Under Pressure.

Backstage, they attempted to shower their new friend with praise, but managed to insult him at the same time.

"With Vanilla Ice, people just think of Ice Ice Baby, but he has some great songs. He's got a lot better since back in the day," they enthused, as the US rapper grimaced beside them.

Vanilla - who is relaunching his own career - was asked if performing with John and Edward was the pinnacle of his career.

"No, but this is a great moment," he said. "I think they're great.

"I didn't know much about them up 'til a couple of weeks ago. I checked them out on YouTube. I was like, 'No way!'

"After I got over the laughter they invited me over and it was a huge compliment.

"They are at the cutting edge."

He is even considering taking the twins on tour. "You never know. Hey, if it's fun and exciting, I'm all about it."

John and Edward were runners-up on The X Factor, which McElderry went on to win. He opened the awards show with a cover of Journey's Don't Stop Believin', as proud mentor Cheryl Cole watched from the audience.

ITV's The X Factor was named Best Talent Show, beating BBC rival Strictly Come Dancing.

Simon Cowell couldn't resist a dig as he accepted the award from Arlene Phillips, who was axed from the Strictly judging panel amid accusations of ageism.

Strictly won the same category last year and Cowell told Phillips: "There's a certain irony to this. You were on last year - you won. You were off this year - you lose."

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