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Rising soul pop star Carrie Mac gives us the skinny on her favourite tunes, pop idols... and Jedward.

Ross is welcome to return to the BBC fold (well, Radio 2, anyway)

Station controller says he would be happy to have his outgoing star back again

Literary critic rails at 'Jedward' of novelists

His famously stinging critique of Martin Amis's writings on Islam helped to make his name as Britain's foremost literary critic. But Terry Eagleton has saved some of his most poisonous invective for a fellow critic.

Leading article: Hide and seek

Has ever a flower been so aptly named? The ghost orchid was presumed to have disappeared from these islands some 20 years ago. But now it has reappeared almost like, well, a ghost.

Jedward sign to Universal 24 hours after being dropped by Sony



X Factor twins Jedward have been signed up by Universal, just 24 hours after it was revealed they had been dumped by their former record label.

Jedward axed by record label

X Factor twins Jedward have been given the boot by their record label after their debut single failed to top the charts.

The X Factor Tour, Brighton Centre, Brighton<br/>Dizzee Rascal, Brighton Centre, Brighton

While 'The X Factor' stars milk their fame as long as they can, Dizzee Rascal shows how it's done

Mika, Academy, Birmingham<br/>Girls, Audio, Brighton

From weirdo to family guy, kerching-ah!

Hadouken!, The Scala, London

“Does anyone remember 1992?” shouts Hadouken! singer James Smith. Judging by the appearence of Smith and the fresh-faced crowd, I'd be surprised if anybody actually does. A smattering of grunts from the back proves my point.

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Hop, Skip and Jump: The Story of Children's Play BBC 4

This year's 'Battle of the Blands' is still the stuff of dreams, but it's the judges who'll steal the show

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The former altar boy from County Mayo has come a long way. Alice Jones meets Louis Walsh, teeny-pop impresario &ndash; and The X Factor's most entertaining judge

Mark Borkowski: Henry won, but he lost out on a huge PR coup

How the French captain missed a trick

The Jedward industry

Everyone is leaping on the twins' bandwagon &ndash; from refuse companies to politicians. Rachel Shields reports on the unlikely 'X Factor' phenomenon

Errors & Omissions: Sometimes just the simple facts will do &ndash; and no fatuous extras

If you try to tart up simple information with topical chat you risk turning fatuous. An article on Wednesday about design discussed the origins of the word "ergonomics": "Those who are irritated by composites like Brangelina or Jedward won't like this, but ergonomics is a portmanteau word too – a combination of the Greek ergos and nomos (work and natural laws)."

Fans frenzy as X Factor's Jedward twins fly home to Dublin

When John and Edward touched down in Dublin Airport on Monday a wild chase ensued with new leads on their location swiftly followed by dead ends.

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