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Radar: MANKIND EXTINCT.. Cowell slates Irish boy band.

Byline: SUZANNE KERINS

SNIDE Simon Cowell has called time on the career of boyband Mankind.

Paul Barry, Ronan McDonald, Simon Murphy, John McCall, and Chris Miller had a huge bust up on last night's X Factor before they finally got through to the next round.

But Simon doesn't reckon that the Irish lads - who released their debut single last year - will last as a group.

An insider said: "Simon put the cat among the pigeons when Mankind turned up for their audition.

"He said the group weren't good and that Chris should have been put through as a solo artist as he had the best voice.

"After the band left the room Chris allegedly went to the judges and asked them if they thought he should ditch his pals and go solo.

"The judges said the band had been entered as a group and that he needed to sort things out with the others.

"But the other lads were really angry - they had a big fight and then Chris said he was leaving."

Later Chris rejoined the band, admitting he was being hot-headed and they all went back in to the judges.

The insider said: "Simon tore strips off them.

"He said: 'This is a joke, one minute you are a group, the next you are not. You are a mess."

Then, although Mankind got through, Simon slated the band saying: "Who cares if they stay together or not - I can officially say that Mankind are over."

Sligo-based band DZ5 fared little better in the auditions as they made the mistake of bringing their instruments along.

Eddie Delaney, Tabby Callaghan, Keith Kelly, and Gavin Muldoon thought they could perform as a band before the judges told them otherwise.

Eddie said: "So we all went in and sang - even though the rest of us aren't singers.

"Louis Walsh basically said Tabby should go through on his own and we were a bit disappointed.

"We're an original rock band and we write all our own stuff. We're not a boy band so we didn't get the chance to show what we could do.

"We told Tabby to go ahead without us and he got through.

"We'll be getting a bit of exposure anyway because of the show and Tabby's got real talent as a singer. We all hope he does well - it's a great opportunity for him and for DZ5."

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