Edward Grimes, one half of Irish duo Jedward, has undergone an emergency appendix operation after a "life-threatening and scary situation".

Edward Grimes (29) has said he is now "healing and on the road to recovery" and urged people to listen to their body after he underwent emergency surgery on Saturday.

Writing on Twitter, Edward told fans he felt an "excruciating pain" in his abdominal region and was rushed to hospital.

"I'm urging everyone to take severe pain in the abdominal area serious (sic) as I've never experienced excruciating pain like this and knew something wasn't right," he said.

"I'm grateful it was caught in time . . . Don't brush off key signs from your body as health is everything," he said, adding his thanks to the emergency team who looked after him.

He also said he was disappointed to miss watching the Eurovision Song Contest with his twin brother John. Jedward represented Ireland at the competition in 2011 with their song Lipstick, finishing eighth in the competition with 119 points.