Westlife boys ask Jedward for autographs

Wednesday November 18, 2009

Perhaps Westlife can see a real talent in X Factor twins John and Edward.

When the Irish boyband shared a flight with the duo on a journey to Dublin, Nicky, Kian, Shane and Mark apparently asked for their autographs.

It's a surprising turn of events for the two Irish groups. With worldwide success and numerous chart-toppers, you would think it would be Westlife getting mobbed.

They got their fair share of screaming fans later, though.

The hunky group appeared at Dublin's Grafton Street to switch on the Christmas lights as thousands gathered to watch.

Nicky Byrne, who was making his first public appearance since the sudden death of his father, took the opportunity to thank fans for their support.

"It's been a hard time but everybody — the media, the fans — have been brilliant and respectful to our family," he said.

"I'm holding up, I'm doing my best. It was just so sudden, such a shock.”

John and Edward - who are preparing to sing a Wham! hit on X Factor at the weekend - were back in Dublin for a surprise visit to their old school, the Institute of Education.

Photo: Rex

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