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... but Rebecca has pulled out to be with Belle Amie

X FACTOR star Rebecca Creighton has pulled out of performing backing vocals for Jedward at the Eurovision.

The flame-haired hairdresser (21) from Tallaght has opted against singing with John and Edward Grimes in favour of trying to make it with her girlband group Belle Amie.

The sexy threesome have just landed a string of tour dates in the UK to coincide with the release of their debut single Girls Up, and Rebecca hopes to give it 100pc.

"She just doesn't have the time to do the Eurovision with Jedward," said a source. "The girls are determined that they can make it and have some gigs coming up in Britain in the next three or four weeks.

"Rebecca just couldn't do both so she had to tell them she couldn't do it anymore. She knew it was a great opportunity but her main priority lies with Belle Amie."

She and fellow bandmates Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman received a massive setback earlier this year after bandmate Geneva Lane quit.

They also failed to make it on to the X Factor Live tour.

Determined Rebecca has always vowed that the band will stay together and even moved to London to try to keep their dream alive.

There's now huge speculation as to who will replace the X Factor performer at the forthcoming Eurovision contest.

Backing singer Morgan Deane has been busy preparing for the concert and among the names mentioned of possible replacements are her former Industry bandmate Michele McGrath, but no-one has been confirmed yet.

Meanwhile, the Cork beauty is expected to be joined at the Eurovision by her new fiance, cricket star Graeme Smith.

The outgoing Proteas captain went down on bended knee nearly two weeks ago and popped the question.

He'll now fly over to Dusseldorf in Germany next month to see her performing alongside Jedward to millions of viewers all over Europe.

The Irish act has been entered in the second heat of the semi-finals and will be the last artists to perform on May 12.

It's now fingers crossed that they'll go through to the overall final two days later on May 14 as they battle it out to reclaim Ireland's Eurovision glory.

mfinn@herald.ie


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