Simon Cowell may have called them "vile creatures" during Jedward's memorable appearance on the X Factor.
But the acid-tongued judge has given John and Edward Grimes (18) his inimitable seal of approval in the run up to their performance at the TV Now Awards this Wednesday.
The Herald can reveal how TV's most famous Mr Nasty has sent them a 'good luck' message ahead of their high-profile appearance at the event.
Speaking from his Miami apartment, their mentor Louis Walsh explained how the quaff-haired pair were over the moon to get his official backing.
"They are going to be huge and they are going to be the big stars at the TV Now Awards," he said.
"Despite what you might have seen or thought from the X Factor, Simon always had a soft spot for Jedward. He saw something big in them and I know now that is the case.
"He reckons that 2010 is going to be their year and he has passed on a message to say good luck."
Over the weekend, the cute twins alluded to their forthcoming gig after an appearance on Channel 4 show Celebrity Big Brother's Little Brother.
Last month saw them turned down a massive €300,000 to appear on the programme, which has been a surprise hit.
Memorable as ever, yesterday saw them tip hard-man Vinnie Jones as their favourite as well as Bible-loving actor Stephen Baldwin.
"Vinnie's cool but everyone's cool in their own different way. I think Stephen's cool too because he loves God," said John.
And he said that they haven't stopped working since being booted out of the X Factor last November.
"We've been going out to meet our fans every day. We have done around 60 shows since we came out."
As first revealed in this newspaper, the pair will perform at the prestigious awards night in Britain this Wednesday.
But the twins are clearly taking it all in their stride, stating on CBB's Little Brother how they still don't consider themselves as 'real stars'.
"We're not famous -- Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, they're properly famous," John added.
"It is cool when we stop at a petrol station or something and people come up to us and say 'can I have a picture for my daughter' and then a massive queue forms and it's like, we sign a couple of hundred of autographs every day."
The pair have nabbed a €100,000 contract with Sony BMG to release a 10-track album.