British boybands Blue and The Wanted are embroiled in a war of words after outspoken singer Lee Ryan launched a bitter tirade at his newcomer rivals.
Ryan and his Blue bandmates Duncan James, Antony Costa and Simon Webbe split in 2005, but recently regrouped to represent Britain at the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
In the run-up to the event, Ryan took aim at Simon Cowell's The X Factor and manufactured pop bands, especially hot new group The Wanted, who have enjoyed a string of top 10 singles and a hit album.
The singer said, "It's been so boring without Blue. Bands like The Wanted are so dull. Don't worry, Blue are back now."
But The Wanted have quickly responded to the insult, with bandmember Tom Parker taking to Twitter.com to slam Ryan and Blue's involvement in the much-mocked Eurovision competition.
He writes, "Dear Mr Ryan. I'm writing this message to say f**k you calling us "dull" in the paper today. I'm really excited to see you represent the UK at Eurovision this year. My thoughts, and more importantly My Prayers, will be with you at this very difficult time."