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Jedward set to play in the TF Royal theatre, Castlebar

The Jedward Phenomenon

Annette Masterson

When John and Edward Grimes, or as they are now known ’Jedward’, first appeared on The X Factor they divided both the judges and the nation. Many people loved them; many people hated them. One thing is for sure: everybody got to know about them.
Jedward first appeared on the X Factor at the Glasgow auditions. They sang an off-key rendition of ‘As Long As You Love Me’, by The Backstreet Boys. Although Simon Cowell gave them a firm ‘no’, the other judges, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh decided they had potential and put them through to bootcamp.
Jedward made it through to the live shows, under the watchful eye of their mentor, Mayo man Louis Walsh. Throughout the live competition, Jedward received some booing from the audience, but this did nothing to hinder their undeniably energetic performances. Each week they put their heart and soul into their act. With the help of their burgeoning number of fans – some genuine, some tongue-in-cheek – they made it to week seven in the competition. They were finally eliminated after losing out in the judges’ vote to fellow contestant, Olly Murs, who went on to battle it out in the final with the series winner, Joe McElderry.
Since leaving the X Factor, Jedward mania has gripped the country. The two 18-year-old boys from Lucan, Dublin, have been in huge demand. The media can’t get enough of their incongruous blond quiffs and questionable tweedle-dum outfits. The boys are currently on The X Factor tour, which has dates all over the UK, four dates in The 02 in Dublin and two dates in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar – April 6 (sold out) and April 23. Their act will feature all their fans’ favourites, including ‘Ghostbusters’ and their hit single with ’90s rapper Vanilla Ice, ‘Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)’. 
The future looks very bright for the twins. The demand for the duo is increasing daily. They have been tipped to become television presenters in the coming years, with some predicting that they will become the new Ant and Dec. John and Edward Grimes are set to make millions from their music, their television appearances and their live performances. One thing is for sure, they will not be ‘Under Pressure’ financially. Only a couple of months ago the twins were laughing stocks; now the world is their oyster.

Annette Masterson is a Fifth Year student at McHale College, Achill.

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