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Jedward switch record labels after one single

John and Edward with Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice performed with the twins at the National TV Awards

X Factor finalists John and Edward Grimes - otherwise known as Jedward - have switched record labels and signed to Universal, it has been confirmed.

The announcement comes a day after it was reported the duo had been dropped by Sony, with whom they released their first single, Under Pressure.

However, it is not clear whether the duo had ever signed to Sony for more than a one-off single.

Manager Louis Walsh said he was "completely committed" to the twins.

Walsh, who mentored the 18-year-olds on the X Factor added he was "delighted" to have secured a new deal.

"I know they still have a great career ahead of them. The boys have a sell-out tour in Ireland that they start straight after The X Factor Tour in April." he added.

The twins divided X Factor fans when they made it through to the final 12, despite a general inability to sing in tune - or in time with one another.

However, their energetic performances of Ghostbusters, We Will Rock You and Oops, I Did It Again, combined with their outrageous outfits, made them, arguably, the series most memorable contestants.

In January when they signed their first deal, the pair said they were "living our dream".

Their first single Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) - a duet with rapper Vanilla Ice - was beaten to number one by US band Owl City in February, despite a high profile performance at the National TV Awards.

The track dropped out of the top 10 after a week.

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