'Deluded' Jedward getting worse, says Cowell
Tuesday 10 November 2009
X Factor judge Simon Cowell may have saved John and Edward, but today he blasted them as "deluded" and declared: "They're not aware how bad they are."
Cowell gave his backing to the Grimes twins on Sunday's show - leading to Lucie Jones being given the boot - but today he said they were getting "progressively worse".
ITV has received more than 3,000 complaints about Cowell's decision to back "Jedward" which meant it went to the public vote over who would be dumped from the series.
But in an interview with the GMG Radio network - for its Help For Heroes day - Cowell again turned on the pair.
"They are deluded in such a funny way that they're genuinely not aware how bad they are. They just live in the twins' world.
"I haven't really had a proper conversation with them, but people who have spoken to them say they're just not aware of anything.
"They think they're pop stars and everything's fantastic and they obviously hear something different to the rest of the world," Cowell told presenter Chris Tarrant during the fundraising broadcast.
Cowell - who backed the pair after watching their performance of the Ghostbusters theme on Saturday night's show - said he struggled to think of "constructive" comments after the twins performed each week.
"I sit there thinking 'I've got to get over my personal feelings; I've got to find something positive or constructive to say at the end of this performance'. And each week they get progressively worse and that's when I get frustrated."
But he supported the public's decision to keep the pair in the competition.
"If you allow - which I think is right - the public to determine who wins, you've got to go with it. You don't have to agree with it but you have to go with it."
The Irish twins have become firm favourites with the public despite some erratic performances.
Broadcasting regular Ofcom has also received complaints about the chain of events which led to Jones being ditched and Jedward being saved.
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If you weren't afraid of flying before last week... you probably are now
- 2 Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 4 Lauren Goodger calls for tougher laws on revenge porn after sex tape leaks online
- 5 Iraq crisis: End 'very near' for Christianity after Isis takeover, says Bishop
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia