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Ice cool Jedward steal the show at TV awards as X Factor wins coveted Most Popular gong

Jedward have been praised by critics for stealing the show at the National Television Awards in the O2, London.

Even disparaging judge Simon Cowell, allowed himself a wry smile when the X Factor twins burst onto the stage to perform a mash up of Ice Ice Baby.

The audience, which also included X Factor judges Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, jumped to their feet when special guest Vanilla Ice joined the Dublin twins in the performance which is already a hit on YouTube.

X Factor winner Joe McElderry opened the show with a cover of Journey's Don't Stop Believing, but it was John and Edward Grimes who were the focus of critics' praise today.

And the ITV singing competition, which was responsible for the twins' rise to fame, scooped the prestigious Most Popular Talent Show award. Creator of the X Factor, Cowell said that he was delighted to steal the crown from their rival show, Strictly Come Dancing.

"It is a good feeling," he said. "I was annoyed and p****d off we didn't win last time." Cowell later announced that he would be making a song to raise money for the Haiti earthquake appeal.


Actor and presenter Stephen Fry gave an emotional speech in front of the massive audience when he was given a special recognition accolade.

"I really am completely staggered by this. I had no idea it was going to happen and I feel so unworthy of the most remarkable tribute I've ever seen," he said.

There was a surprise win for ITV soap Coronation Street, which in its 50th anniversary year, was voted Most Popular Serial Drama by viewers, beating its rival EastEnders.

William Roache, who has starred as Ken Barlow in the soap since the first episode, said: "We might be 50 years old but we have a heartbeat like a cannon."

James Corden and Ruth Jones' comedy series Gavin And Stacey, which has come to an end after three series, picked up the award for Most Popular Comedy Programme.

It was also a good night for presenting duo Ant and Dec, who won two awards. They were named as Most Popular Entertainment Presenters and their ITV show Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway was named Most Popular Entertainment Programme.

EastEnders actress Lacey Turner was praised for her portrayal of Stacey Slater, winning the Outstanding Serial Drama Performance award.