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Brown wishes 'Jedward' the best

John and Edward Grimes and Gordon Brown
The twins have many fans but Mr Brown is not among them

Gordon Brown has admitted he got into trouble for saying twins John and Edward Grimes - contestants on the X Factor show - were "not very good".

The prime minister told ITV's This Morning he had "burnt my bridges with 'Jedward'" but hoped the twins would "do well".

However he said his sons' favourite was Essex teenager Stacey Solomon who he said was "very good".

Mr Brown says he watches the ITV 1 singing contest with his sons.

The show sees an act voted off each week - six currently remain battling it out for the chance to win a recording contract. But Mr Brown told the show he hoped all the contestants would do well.

'Rather bizarre'

The twins' talents have divided opinion - the show's judge Simon Cowell has said they "can't sing" and they regularly get booed on the show but they are popular with many fans.

A fortnight ago Mr Brown told a radio station he did not rate the twins, who have been dubbed "Jedward" by the media.

Asked about show on Thursday he said: "I got into a bit of a problem because I said I didn't think they were very good at singing - but they are good at other things."

It is rather bizarre that more people are interested in the future of John and Edward from X Factor than about somebody who can have an impact ... on the way that we're governed in this country
Nigel Evans
Conservative MP

He was not the only politician to face questions on the twins on Thursday. In the Commons earlier Tory MP Nigel Evans said it was "rather bizarre" that more people were interested in them than the future president of the European Council.

EU leaders will gather in Brussels later to decide who gets the job, established by the Lisbon Treaty, with which Tony Blair's names has been linked in the past.

But France and Germany look set to back Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy instead.

During Commons exchanges, Mr Evans asked Commons leader Harriet Harman: "Do you not believe that it is rather bizarre that more people are interested in the future of John and Edward from X Factor than about somebody who can have an impact... on the way that we're governed in this country?"

Ms Harman said she could not work out how X Factor related to the "important issue of making sure there was a coherent voice for Europe".



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