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Jodi's baby isn't the end for girlband Wonderland, says manager Louis

MUSIC mogul Louis Walsh has blasted critics who claim that Jodi Albert's pregnancy has thrown a spanner in Wonderland's quest for stardom.

Huge speculation has surrounded the future of the band, which the X Factor judge co-manages with Jodi's husband and Westlife singer Kian Egan, after the former Hollyoaks actress confirmed her happy baby news at the weekend.


But Louis has said that the five gorgeous girls will remain just as determined as before, irrespective of Jodi's looming motherhood -- and they still share the same dream of success.

"The girls have put in a lot of hard work, their sound is really strong and they're so polished now -- they have a big future ahead of them," he told the Herald.

"There's no way this is going to stop them in any way, they're going to keep going and just work it into their recording schedule. They will work around this. Lots of women have babies and return to work more focused than ever before and that will probably be the same for Jodi.

"I wish her and Kian all the best, they're over the moon about this."

Kian broke the news to his fans last Sunday, saying they are "delighted" about the prospect of parenthood.

"We are so happy and cannot wait to become parents," he said.

Jodi, whose baby is due early in the New Year, also confirmed the couple's statement on her Twitter page and was quickly inundated with messages of congratulations from celebrity pals.