Twins John and Edward reportedly received the most votes on X Factor over the weekend – leaving favourite Danyl Johnson in the bottom two and singing for survival.
On Monday, John and Edward’s mentor told The Sun that they were in with a chance to win the X Factor crown because of their “likeability factor”.
He said: “Kids love these guys – everywhere I go they come up to me and tell me they think they’re great.
“They’re young, they’re fun and they have the likeability factor, which is what this show is all about.
“I know some don’t like them, but they should back off and leave them alone. They put a smile on your face – what’s wrong with that?”
It has also been revealed that Westlife, Robbie Williams and Noel Gallagher are supporting the twins as they got the most viewers phoning in to vote for them at the weekend.
A show insider told The Sun: “It is extraordinary. John and Edward were miles ahead of any other act.
“Whoever wins the X Factor, you can usually guarantee they can sing.
“If John and Edward win, it will no longer be a show about great singers – it could be disastrous. But you know what? It could happen.”
Top music agent Jonathan Shalit told the paper: “The twins can’t really sing but they are likeable. If they win, it would be Simon Cowell’s worst nightmare.
“Look at the success he’s had with Leona Lewis in America. Can you seriously see him taking John and Edward across the pond and telling everyone they’re the next big thing?”