Jedward are an Irish pop duo who rose to public prominence after appearing in the UK version of hit televised reality singing competition The X Factor. They represented their country two years in a row at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 performing Lipstick in Germany and performing Waterline in Baku, Azerbaijan. The twins John and Edward Grimes received the Marcel Bezençon Award Artistic Award for Lipstick, as decided by the Eurovision’s commentators.
John and Edward Grimes were catapulted into the public discourse on the UK version of hit televised reality singing competition The X Factor. They attended one of many public auditions for the show, in Glasgow. Simon Cowell, one of the judges and owner of the show commented that they: “were not very good and incredibly annoying”. However, the Grimes’ twins were still put through to the initial boot camp part of the show and then selected to compete as part of the final 12 acts by Louis Walsh, who is the manager of Irish bands Boyzone and Westlife. The twins came 6th in the competition but were a crowd favourite and developed a cult following. Louis Walsh became the twins’ manager.
Jedward released their first single immediately after leaving the show, called Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby). It was a mashup of Queen’s Under Pressure and Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby. Vanilla Ice rapped on the mashup, which was released at the end of January 2010. It charted at no.1 in Ireland and no.2 in the UK. After the competition, the twins went on the X Factor Live tour from February to April of 2010 along with fellow contestants.
Jedward went on their first solo Planet Jedward Tour next, covering 69 shows across Ireland and Britain, culminating in a performance at the O2 venue in Dublin for the annual Childline concert.
Planet Jedward was the debut album released on July 16th 2010. It carried Under Pressure as the lead single and the album featured popular songs covered by John and Edward Grimes. Planet Jedward topped the albums chart in Ireland, Britain, Sweden, Austria and Germany.
They appeared in two fly-on-the-wall documentaries; Jedward: Let Loose on ITV2 and OMG! It’s Jedward! on RTÉ.
Young Love is Jedward’s recently released 3rd album, which is a concept album based on a relationship. Young Love topped the chart in the twins’ native Ireland. First single Waterline was used for the Eurovision performance and reached no.5 on the Irish Albums Chart after being released in February 2012. Young Love was the second single, released in June.
Lipstick was performed by Jedward in Dusseldorf, Germany for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. It was released the day after the competition as the lead single of the 2nd album on the 12th of February. Lipstick reached no.1 on the Irish Singles Chart. Second single Bad Behaviour also topped the Irish chart after its release on July 1st.
The Bad Behaviour Tour started in April and Jedward played 23 gigs across Ireland and Britain, ending on the 30th of July.
A day later, they embarked on the Carnival Tour, around Ireland, Britain and also to Germany and Sweden. There were 33 shows in all, ending on December 6th 2011.
Victory was the Lucan duo’s second album which also reached no.1 on the Irish Albums Chart. It was released in August 2011, during the Carnival Tour.
Jedward entered Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother 8 between the 1st and 2nd legs of the Carnival Tour. It ended 22 days later with Jedward coming 3rd.
The twins performed the comedy musical theatrical production Jedward and the Beanstalk at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin in December.
Jedward toured again, from the 13th of January onwards for The Victory Tour. They played 23 shows in Germany, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Austria.
About the artists:
John and Edward Grimes were twins born in Lucan, Dublin on the 16th of October 1991. They attended primary school in Rathangan, and followed on to King’s Hospital School and then The Dublin, Institute of Education They were also part of the Lucan Harriers Athletic Club where football is concerned the teams that they support include Newcastle United and Glasgow Celtic.