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Telling it like it is: Jedward strongly criticised Simon Cowell on Twitter

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Telling it like it is: Jedward strongly criticised Simon Cowell on Twitter

For years, Simon Cowell was the main gatekeeper at pop’s paradise. You barely brushed near the charts without his say-so, and a wink (literal and metaphorical) could pluck you from obscurity and into a life beyond your wildest imagination.

When you’re in the business of making fairytales come true, very few people are going to question your wizardry. Well, until now, that is.


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