Eight Years Of Jedward!

The 22nd August is an auspicious time in the lives of Jedward fans, as it marks the date that John and Edward Grimes (and together they were John and Edward) first appeared on UK and Irish TV. We’ve covered the occasion most years, and seen the Dublin twins go from strength to strength, and become woven even more firmly into the fabric of public consciousness.

Since this time last year, John and Edward have released two new singles – ‘Hologram’, in October, and ‘Oxygen’, in January. They held a special concert at London’s O2 Academy to celebrate their 25th birthday, on 16 October. In 2017, due to other work commitments, they’ve had only one full concert, at Dublin’s Button Factory in February, but they’ve also performed at Scottish venues The Polo Club and The Savoy Club, and were the main attraction at the South Tyneside Festival, in South Shields, last month.

It’s been a big year for seeing Jedward on TV, with the pair finishing in second place behind Coleen Nolan in the winter series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, and their third appearance on ‘Pointless Celebrities’ was finally screened in April, after being recorded last year.

John and Edward let the public see into their private lives in Lucy Kennedy’s series, ‘Living With Lucy’, a programme which showed them to be the mature, work-focused adults that fans have always known and loved.

This autumn will see an even more intimate look at them, as we follow their quest to find love, on MTVs new series, ‘Single AF’ (Single. Available. Famous). Set to be screened in 62 countries, the show focuses on John and Edward’s separate journeys to love – as well as those of YouTuber Elliot Crawford, Marnie Simpson from MTVs ‘Geordie Shore’, former boyband member Casey Cody Johnson, drag queen Courtney Act, and Farrah Abraham, most famous for ‘Teen Mom’. The show sent the singletons around the world, including Australia, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and Italy to name a few locations, with a week long stay in a Chateau in the countryside outside Paris. The programme is the first time the pair have worked separately, and it’ll be interesting to see how the public respond to knowing John, and Edward, as individuals. The multi-episodic MTV Single AF is set to air from the end of October.

Jedward were also in ‘Sharknado 5: Global Swarming’, now becoming an annual fixture in the sharks vs tornados franchise. This year’s role saw the pair acting as named characters: in ‘Sharknado 3’ they played themselves, the following year they were ‘”Astro Techs”. This year Edward played “Cameron”, while John was “Mick”. Once again they managed to escape the jaws of the sharks, and so with Sharknado 6 a certainty, it’s hoped they will make a fourth appearance.

In April this year John and Edward visited Amsterdam for the first VidCon Europe convention, where they sat in on seminars and met up with fans and other video content creators.

John and Ed spent a lot of time with their close friend Ed Sheeran at the beginning of this year, with the ‘Shape Of You’ singer telling The Irish Sun that “it’s weird” if you don’t like them:

“I love Jedward. It’s like a puppy, there is no way you can dislike Jedward.

“There is no side to them at all that’s nasty – they are just nice. For people not to like them is weird.”

The three firm friends met up in Glasgow where they were all performing on the same night, and made a video which perfectly sums up their relationship:

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John and Edward have further cemented themselves into the history of Eurovision, by being judges at not only the Irish heats for Junior Eurovision, but also as judges at the Junior Eurovision final, held in Valetta, Malta, last November. They will return again this year as judges in the Irish heats, when the country makes its third tilt at the Junior Eurovision crown.

As they turn 26 this year, we can only hope that there’ll be more acceptance of the mature Jedward, and that they will continue to surprise us, enthrall us, and maybe even shock us – with what they have planned for the next year. One thing we know for sure, as in the paraphrased lyrics of their song, ‘Free Spirit’:

“Nothing can get them down
No barriers can stop them now
They’ve got the power in their hearts
These guys are free spirits”

So here’s to eight years of Jedward, and many many more to come!

(Originally published on Essentially Pop)

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Six Years Since The Victory Of Jedward

Irish twins John and Edward Grimes, first burst into the public eye in 2009, when as 17 year old school boys, they appeared on UK talent show, The X Factor.

The boys, as they were then, caused a sensation, known as the Jedward paradox, the nation was divided, in a love/hate relationship with the young singers. Jedward eventually finished a respectable 6th place.

Due to their ongoing popularity, it was decided they should quickly release an album of covers which was titled ‘Planet Jedward’. Containing a heady mix of banging pop songs, it soon reached double platinum in the twins native Ireland and paved the way for their second album, ‘Victory’.

The exciting thing about ‘Victory’, released in Ireland on 5 August 2011, and in the UK, 6 years ago today on 15th August 2011, is that it showed Jedward weren’t a one hit wonder and had the ability to sing more than just covers.

With ‘Victory’ John and Edward were able to source their own original tracks, from some of the world’s best writers,  and have them stand up against any other song in the charts.

They created a classic Pop album, that is still much loved to this day. ‘Victory’ also achieved double platinum status in Ireland and the twins made inroads into the European and Asian markets, helped along by their iconic Eurovision hit ‘Lipstick’.

This trend continued with their third album ‘Young Love’, a concept album, which told the highs and lows of falling in love and showed a more mature sound and subject matter for the duo. The album contained hits like their second Eurovision entry, ‘Waterline’, catchy EDM track ‘Luminous’, which was written by some of the same composers behind The Chainsmokers’ recent single, ‘Paris’, and title track, ‘Young Love’, which has been covered by both American and Asian artists.

Now with tracks from their much-anticipated fourth album taking shape, we’re seeing what those young twins, who first stepped onto the stage and into the public consciousness almost eight years ago, are truly capable of. As independent artists, they are writing and producing all their own material, as well as creating their own music videos, which they release via their own PlanetJedward label.

From their first self released single, the beautifully harmonic ‘Free Spirit’, released in 2014, through to inspirational tracks, ‘Make Your Own Luck’, ‘Leave A Mark’, and ‘The HOPE Song’, to the rap title song for Sharknado 3, ‘Oh Hell No’, as well as EDM tracks such as ‘Ferocious’,  ‘Good Vibes’, ‘Hologram’, and most recently, ‘Oxygen’. Jedward have seen their self created tracks and videos top the iTunes singer/songwriter and video charts worldwide.

As we celebrate six years of their second album, one thing is certain, whatever the future may hold for John and Edward, victory is certainly assured.

 

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Jedward Cover Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ As Tribute To Chester Bennington

Fans of California rock band Linkin Park and the world of entertainment alike were shocked at the recent death of the band’s frontman, Chester Bennington.

No less affected were Jedward, who have long loved Linkin Park’s music, and had already covered their song, ‘One More Light’, which they had dedicated to those who died in the terrorist tragedy in Manchester.

At the time of Chester’s death, just over a month afterwards, the pair penned this heartfelt letter about how his parting had touched them:

Tonight, they published a further acoustic cover by John, dedicated to Chester, and his colleagues in Linkin Park – Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn and Dave Phoenix Farrell. The song, ‘Numb’, is taken from Linkin Park’s 2003 album, ‘Meteora’, and topped Billboard’s ‘Hot Modern Rock Tracks’ chart for 12 weeks after its release.

Listen to John’s very moving cover here:

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#MTVSingleAF Wrap Up

#MTVSingleAF has wrapped in the French Château, with all participants on their way back home for a well deserved rest. John and Edward as always wowed the production team with their professionalism and commitment to their work, as shown in several videos on Instagram:

Much thanks to the Instagram accounts of Jujubes6, Thefadersdjs, and Pujaprakash.

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#MTVSingleAF – Milan, Marbella, London And Dublin For Jedward

The quest for love continues for Jedward as the duo are taken all over Europe for the innovative social media interactive show for MTV, ‘Single AF’.

John and Edward were separated this week, with Edward jetting off to Marbella with Farrah Abraham, while John joined Casey and Elliot for a “lads on tour” trip to Milan. Edward had great fun in the ocean, attending a beach party with Farrah, and then later going Flyboarding:

Edward also had the chance to show off his horsemanship, with an evening’s riding:

Meanwhile John was having fun in Milan, where he met up with fans Malena and Alina, who jointly run Jedward Italia.

After a double date with Casey in London, John flew with Edward to their home town of Dublin for a weekend of dating fun. The pair have two days to decide who they will take to Paris on Tuesday.

Recording for MTV Single AF finishes 18 July. John and Edward will be performing at The South Tyneside Festival, South Shields, North East England, on 23 July. Tickets available here.

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#MTVSingleAF – Week 2 Begins

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After four days in Stockholm, Sweden, John and Edward are back in London, ahead of further destinations this week. Jedward shall go their separate ways for a few days, with Edward going with Farrah Abraham to Marbella, Spain, while John will be joining Casey Johnson and Elliot Crawford in Milan, Italy.

This will be Elliot’s first destination as he lost his passport shortly before he was set to fly to Australia. Now all set with a new passport, he’s returned to the programme.

Earlier today John and Ed impressed with their incredible harmonies, joining Elliot on a rendition of ‘Glamorous’ by Fergie (Ft Ludacris):

Later, Edward joined Elliot yet again, this time to do some note-perfect impressions of Casey Johnson:

The social media part of #MTVSingleAF comes to an end with a week in Paris 11-18 July. The televised version will air on 62 MTV channels around the world, from November.

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John & Edward Take Out Their First Dates: How Did They Go?

#MTVSingleAF officially started for Jedward last night, with John and Edward each taking a different girl out on a date. There was a twist – the twins chose a date for their brother, from a selection found on social media.

John chose Anastasia, a London YouTuber, as Edward’s date for the evening, while Edward chose Raffi, who has been a fan since X Factor days, as John’s.

Each twin took to Instagram with their summation of how their date went:

Make sure you visit MTVSingleAF on Instagram and comment on whether or not you think Raffi and Anastasia are the perfect matches for John and Edward!

Check out MTV’s website to read more about John and Edward’s first dates!

Jedward are flying to Stockholm, Sweden, for their next dates.

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