#MTVSingleAF – Let The Fun Begin!

It’s started! Jedward have joined the rest of the team ahead of tonight’s launch of MTV Single AF.

John and Edward have met up with Farrah Abraham, Casey Johnson, Marnie Simpson, Courtney Act, and Elliot Crawford for a photo shoot and a get together, and from the looks of everyone’s Instagram posts and stories, they seem to be having a great time!

Thanks to the respective Instagram stories and posts of Jedward, MTV Single AF, Casey Johnson, Courtney Act, and Elliot Crawford. Be sure also to check out the Instagram accounts of Farrah Abraham and Marnie Simpson.


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MTV To Debut Original Content On Social Media With ‘Single AF’

(Originally posted on Essentially Pop)

Original content broadcasting started moving away from TV quite some time ago, with the advent of YouTube and other internet-based video hosting sites. Now with the rise and rise of social media, broadcasters are looking in other directions for fresh, unique approaches to share their programmes.

Enter MTV International, who are set to debut – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat – their new programme, ‘Single AF’ (the AF in this case stands for “And Famous”), following the quest for love of seven well known young people who, for whatever reason, haven’t yet found love. The show follows the seven for two weeks, where they will travel to various locations around the world, go on dates with some of their combined 300 million social media followers, and ask them to test their own love theories, all the while posting live updates on their social media. These, along with the recorded footage of their dates, will be edited together into a linear show, to be screened on MTV channels globally in November this year.

Jedward at MTV London. Photo credit MTV Single AF Twitter: https://twitter.com/MTVSingleAF

Jedward at MTV London. Photo credit MTV Single AF Twitter: https://twitter.com/MTVSingleAF

Featured in the programme are Irish singer songwriters, John and Edward Grimes, better known as Jedward; US “Teen Mom”, Farrah Abraham; Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson, YouTuber Elliot Crawford, and Casey Johnson, formerly of Union J, all from the UK; and Australian drag artist, Courtney Act.

MTV International has commissioned independent programme maker, Gobstopper TV to make the programme, which is seen as an “experiment” for the broadcaster. Kerry Taylor is senior vice-president for youth and music at Viacom International Media Networks, the parent company of MTV. She sees the social media-first strategy of ‘Single AF’ as the “beginning of a different approach” for them, and that these are the future of content for the millennial generation. Her vision is that more platforms won’t just host content, but will also form an intrinsic part of the programme.

‘Single AF’ launches tomorrow at 7.30pm UK time, with a Facebook Live event, and will continue for two weeks. You can follow all the action here. Likewise, check out MTVSingleAF on Twitter and Instagram. Check out MTV on Snapchat, as well as your own country’s MTV Snapchat account.

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Jedward Treat Durham Pride To Bonus Hour Long Performance

Photo Credit: DD Photography https://t.co/QszM4rLclz

Photo Credit: DD Photography https://t.co/QszM4rLclz

Monday May 29 saw Jedward headline the Pride festivities at Durham, in England’s North East. The Dublin twins went on stage at 5pm and were set to come off at 5.30, but instead treated fans and other festival goers to an hour long show.

Many fans had travelled great distances to attend the show, and were not disappointed as John and Edward performed a selection from all three of their albums, their independent singles, and some covers, including Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’.

Many thanks to Amy and Shauna-Leigh, as well as Durham Pride, for videos from the show.

John and Edward are no strangers to the Pride circuit, having previously performed at Blackpool Pride in 2015. They return to the North East on 23 July co-headlining the South Tyneside Festival, at Bent Park, South Shields. See here for tickets and further information.


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Jedward To Headline Durham Pride

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Jedward will be main stage headliners at this year’s Pride event in Durham, to be held on Monday 29 May.

It’s the fourth year that Durham Pride has been held, and it is set to be the biggest yet. The event is to take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, with a parade and musical artists on the Monday.

John and Edward will be the headline performers in a great day aimed at including all members of the community.

General admission is free, with ‘Rainbow Circle’ tickets available for £10. Full details can be found here. For more information regarding this year’s Durham Pride, please visit their Facebook Page. All proceeds from Durham Pride go directly towards charitable work in the community.

Jedward are no strangers to Pride, having performed at Blackpool Pride in 2015.

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Six Years Of Lipstick: We Commemorate Jedward’s First Eurovision Performance

Tonight marks the grand final of Eurovision 2017, held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of the Eurovision Grand Final 2011, which was held in Dusseldorf Germany, and the date that many people across Europe, and indeed the world, caught their first glimpse of Jedward, as they took to the stage representing Ireland, with their song, ‘Lipstick’.

John and Edward, who last night performed a DJ set and Meet and Greet at Glasgow’s Savoy Nightclub, shared on their Twitter account this morning their joy at celebrating six years of ‘Lipstick’:

Jedward finished in 8th place in 2011, giving Ireland their highest placing in over a decade. Ireland hadn’t ranked higher since 2000, when Eamonn Toal finished in the 6th spot, with his song, ‘Millennium of Love’.

Let’s revisit Jedward’s final performance:

John and Edward of course returned to Eurovision in 2012, where they finished in 19th place with their song, ‘Waterline’. The competition that year took place in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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‘Sweet Creature’ – John Grimes Covers Harry Styles

Jedward today uploaded a video on their Twitter account of John singing a cover of Harry Styles’ new song, ‘Sweet Creature’.

Accompanied on his guitar, John’s voice and playing is a slightly more uptempo arrangement of the One Direction singer’s second solo effort.

Jedward teased that there would be more such covers released if fans re-tweeted this one.


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Jedward Rock To Victory On BBC One’s ‘Pointless Celebrities’

It was three times a charm for Dublin Duo Jedward, who won in last night’s episode of ‘Pointless Celebrities‘, broadcast on UK channel, BBC One.

‘Pointless’ is a game whereby contestants must provide the most obscure answer they can think of to a particular question – a pointless answer being one which received no responses from 100 members of the public previously surveyed across the UK. The celebrity edition sees four pairs of celebrities battle it out for their chosen charity. John and Edward beat off three other celebrity pairs, which included 70s star Jimmy Osmond, and former footballer Ossie Ardiles.

John and Edward have appeared on the programme twice before, failing to progress to the second round both times. The third time however, they not only cracked the first round, but went all the way, and came close to winning the jackpot for chosen charity Anti-Bullying Pro missing out on scoring a pointless answer by just three points in their chosen category of Dogs at Crufts.

Lucky the pair still managed to win £500 for the charity and take home the coveted winner’s trophy.

We may yet see them compete a fourth time on the programme, as they asked if they could return – with Alexander and Richard agreeing that they would definitely be welcome.

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