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Let us vote for twins -- Louis

Louis Walsh has continued his tirade against the fact that Irish viewers can't vote to keep the Grimes twins.

"It's ridiculous Irish viewers can't vote. I'd be far more confident of keeping the twins in if we had a vote in Ireland."

He said he had received waves of support for the boys and believes they would have a longer shelf life in the competition if Irish viewers had a say.

"I know from just walking down the street here and the reaction I'm getting that they have huge support here."

He suggested the other contestants have an advantage over the twins, as they do not have a "hometown vote".

Babysitter's Jedward tales

JONATHAN and Edward grew up performing musical hits and were known for their ability to mimic anyone's voice, according to their childhood babysitter.

Betty Byrne minded the pair as youngsters in Rathangan, Co Kildare, and said they were known for their bang-on impersonations.

"They were always singing and dancing. As children, they could mimic anybody," she said.

She also revealed that the twins made their stage debut in their third-class Christmas play, Oliver Twist.

Cowell is No1 showbiz earner

Simon Cowell has been named the best-paid man on US television, beating the billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump in the process.

According to Forbes magazine, Cowell's pre-tax earnings totalled $75m (€55m) between June 1, 2008 and June 1, 2009.

The figure includes his income from American Idol -- the most popular series on US prime-time TV with an average weekly audience of 27 million -- as well as money he made from his music production and publishing work.

The list places the 50-year-old British impresario comfortably above Donald Trump. According to Forbes, the secret of Cowell's success is his "diversified resumé".

He created American Idol, Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor and has two more big selling albums out soon.

His business sense is not faultless, however -- a property investment he made in Barbados has run into trouble.