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Louis Walsh signs X Factor duo John and Edward

John and Edward
John and Edward divided the X Factor judges

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has signed a deal with former contestants John and Edward, it has been announced.

Walsh, who mentored the twins during the ITV show, will manage their careers and is currently looking into record deals and TV possibilities.

He is "delighted" to work with them again but said it is "too early" to give any exact details on his plans.

The pair, whose entertaining performances divided the panel, were voted off the show last month.


"Despite all the doubters, John and Edward proved themselves on The X Factor and I've always been convinced that they have a great career ahead of them," Walsh said.

Simon Cowell repeatedly criticised the twins singing on the show.

Their performances included a rendition of the Ghostbusters theme song during movie week and I'm Your Man by Wham!.

They were were eventually voted off by the panel, after Dannii Minogue, who had the final vote, chose to save Olly Murs.

"I'm delighted that I'll be able to continue to work with the pair. We're looking into music as well as TV deals but at this stage it is too early to give any exact details," Walsh added.

"Amicable agreement"

All X Factor contestants are contracted by Modest Management, who represent all 12 finalists until the show ends.

But Walsh has come to an "amicable agreement" with the company, which has allowed him to take the twins on.

Modest will continue to represent the other finalists as well as previous winners Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.

Walsh will co-manage the brothers with CEO of broadcasting company Global Group, Ashley Tabor.

"Jedward are this year's X Factor phenomenon and I'm thrilled to be able to put the scale of the Global Group behind them alongside Louis, developing what I am sure will be a great career for them both.

"It's an exciting future," Mr Tabor said.

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