|Posted on May 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM|| |
Düsseldorf, Germany - After rehearsing Lipstick, the Eurovision entry song for Ireland, Jedward twins John and Edward Grimes cheerily greeted a crowd of journalists: “This is our second press conference. It's more formal and more cooler [sic].”
The duo were very pleased with their action-charged rehearsal, but promised certain cosmetic changes for their Eurovision performance: “When you come to the final our makeup is going to look perfect. Today we did our own makeup and we look like ghosts.” They also vowed to wear jackets that are “so ultra-shiny, they'll blind you”.
Asked to name their biggest competitors in the competition, John responded: “Lena is really cool. France is great. But each act is totally different and can't be compared. No song is the same.”
Despite their general optimism, “we don't think it's good to be favoured. It's better to be the underdog. It's good that we have people who like us and those who don't. If we won Eurovision, we'd like to do a tour of Europe, not just go home and say 'yeah, we won'.
At the first press conference, the twins had publicly declared their love for Lena. This time, however, Edward had sad news to report: “We gave her flowers last night, but she just wants to be friends.” Yet John remains undaunted: “It always starts off like friends and then it (deep voice) moves on.”
John and Edward were actually track & field athletes before they entered the X Factor competition: “We used to train really hard and run 50 miles a week. We had an advantage because we could run over the line heads first, so our hair would cross the line first - Usain Bolt would have no chance!”
Their athletic discipline is perhaps one reason they have not been seen partying out and about in Düsseldorf. Edward explains: “We don't smoke, drink, or do any bad stuff, but the Queen is coming to Ireland soon so we'll learn how to drink tea!”
The twins were also asked if they ever quarrel or had ever considered disbanding. Edward responded: “We like to drink Smoothies. If John starts drinking mine, I say 'stop drinking my Smoothie'.” Other than that, they never fight because, as Edward explains: “If I punch John in the face, I'd have to look at that every day and it would be like looking in the mirror.” Splitting up the group would be difficult because “we'd still have to go home together to Mum and Dad.”
Nevertheless, the matter remained unresolved, so the twins staged a spontaneous arm-wrestling match to determine who was really the boss. After a dramatic struggle, John won decisively, despite Edward's desperate use of two hands.
At the end of the conference, the twins responded to an invitation to name the most important question of modern times and consider their rightful place in history. The twins rejected 'world peace' and 'why are we here?' in favour of 'how does our hair look?'. John would like to be remembered as “a saint” and Edward as “a positive force that spreads fun and good feelings throughout the world”.
|Posted on May 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM|| |
Jedward attended the Eurovision opening party in Dusseldorf yesterday, where they partied with this year's performers and previous winners.
They are gearing up for their performance of 'Lipstick' at the semi-finals this Thursday.
They asked Lena Mayer-Landrut, the winner of last year's song contest, out on a date and gave her flowers, with John stealing a kiss from the singer. Lena had previously revealed that Jedward were her favourite act at the competition this year.
Jedward were also photographed with the UK's entry, boyband Blue, who will sing their new single 'I Can' at the competition.
They met Dana International, this year's Israeli performer who won the competition in 1998. She hopes to reclaim the title with her song 'Ding Dong'.
RTÉ 2fm DJ Larry Gogan showed his support for the pair by donning a fantastic Jedward-inspired quiff at the event.
|Posted on May 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM|| |
Düsseldorf, Germany - Twin brothers Jedward are the life and soul of this years Eurovision Song Contest, and they were on form as ever today when they rehearsed the Irish entry Lipstick for the second time.
Jedward appeared backstage in different costumes from their first rehearsal. This time, they are wearing red costumes instead of the black and golden ones from the first attempt on stage. "We look like the futuristic Santa Clauses!" they say, breathlessly.
Yesterday, like all artists, they attended the Düsseldorf welcome party. "We walked on the Red Carpet... It could have been a green carpet or a yellow carpet, or multi-coloured! It felt like the Grammy Awards," they said
An orchestra performed in the party, and after the performance, when people were leaving, the twins went up on the stage on the conductors position. They added : "It was just to get a cool photo, as no one else did it. We're doing everything different to everybody else, if somebody's walking, we will run"
For their second rehearsal, they will try their flips on stage again. This is not something new in their repertoire. "It's cool to do flips! On stage, we've done 16 front flips on stage, and the most cartwheels is like 26!"
The performance on stage is amongst the most energetic seen at Europe's Favourite TV Show. Jedward move around almost every inch of the stage. There are two male and two female backing singers backing the brothers.
edward arrived at their second press conference wearing silver suits with wings. When asked about their competition, they said "We've checked everyone's songs out on line, Lena is very cool, Norway, France and Denmark are also really good."Jedward said of their jackets, We will have a surprise for the Final, ultra shiny red jackets, if you look at them they will blind you! We want to give a performance that everyone is excited about."
It's no secret that Jedward have taken a shine to Germany's Lena, they said "Lena is very cool, We met Lena lots of times, we gave her flowers last night, but she just wants to be friends!."
Jedward for the olympics?Before John and Edward took part in the X Factor in the United Kingdom, they were heavily involved with athletics.A journalist asked them if they wanted to go to the Olympic Games in 2012 as athletes.
They answered "Before the X Factor we trained every single day, we had so much running. We'd love to represent our country in athletics. We'd be at an advantage though as we could run over the line heads first so our hair would cross the line first, Usain Bolt would have no chance!."
When describing how to dance to Lipstick, Jedward said "You have to smile, do loads of pointing, have loads of attitude and be really in the moment"
It takes time for people to get usJedward said they enjoy being underdogs and not favourites. They add "We'd rather be the underdog, it takes time for people to get us. It's good that we have people who like us and those who don't. We'd like to do a tour around Europe if we won, making impact, loads of fun just like in X Factor."
John beat Edward in an arm wrestle at the press conference, despite the fact Edward used two hands! It was commented that despite their high jinks, Jedward hadn't been seen around a lot at the parties. They said "We don't drink, we don't smoke. We're not really in to parties. However, the Queen is coming to Ireland soon so we need to learn how to drink tea!"
In their last statement of the press conference, John said he'd like to be remembered as being a saint, and Edward said the most important question of life was "How does my hair look?"
|Posted on May 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM|
Earlier today John and Edward tweeted:
Exclusive picture. Our eurovision outfits
|Posted on May 7, 2011 at 2:38 AM|| |
We’ve sent some turkeys to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past, but the smiley, sparkly, high-haired twins might just have what it takes to win next Saturday night, writes RÓISÍN INGLE
WHETHER THEY win, lose or break an ankle somersaulting in front of 125 million people at this year’s Eurovision song contest, Jedward are already winning over a continent from their base in Dusseldorf, where the contest is being held next week. It’s a relentless charm offensive that has involved answering such incisive questions as: “Do you ever breathe?” The pair have also been extremely busy jumping around in stage gear inspired by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson while explaining the philosophical aesthetic behind their trademark blond quiffs: “It’s like angelic halos and like a flame.”
There has even been a bit of singing of their song Lipstick . Here’s a sample lyric: “She’s got her lipstick on, here I come, da da dum.” (It’s the Eurovision. What were you expecting, Keats?)
It’s true we’ve sent some turkeys to the contest in recent years, but if the prize was for doing cartwheels, wearing sparkly jackets, making people smile and for the number of times a set of twins can say “amazing” and “bringing it to the next level”, then these two boys would walk the thing.
The song, by the by, is infectious in a get-behind-me-earworm kind of way. And then there’s the twins’ entertainment value. Their recent interview via a Russian interpreter, which you can watch on YouTube, is comedy gold.
“The press and the general public love them over here,” says their mentor, Caroline Downey of MCD, on the phone from Dusseldorf. “They are like a breath of fresh air blowing through the Eurovision. The whole of Europe has taken to them.”
RTÉ used a new format to find our Eurovision entry this year. It involved five music-industry professionals each finding an act and a song which was then entered into competition in Ireland. Downey was one of the mentors; her friend Louis Walsh suggested she use Jedward. After trawling through almost 50 songs, she decided that Lipstick, by a team of English and Danish songwriters, was the one best suited to her charges.
Downey is not fazed by the “Dusseldorks” headline that appeared in an Irish newspaper recently. “There has been a lot of negativity about them at home, but over here people just see them for what they are: really nice guys, living the dream, funny, enthusiastic and loving every minute,” she says.
As you might imagine, being a mentor to the hyperactive Grimes brothers is not easy. “There is definitely a mother role involved. Myself and their tour manager, Liam, are kind of the grumpy parents,” she says with a laugh. “We have to remind them to eat and to clean up their room. They are total professionals, though, and like everyone else, I don’t know where they get their energy.”
Does she really think they have a chance of winning? “I genuinely believe they have a decent chance. It’s a very difficult contest to predict, but I’d be really surprised if they weren’t in the top five with the likes of Norway, Sweden, the UK and France.”
It’s hardly surprising that their mentor would back them, but there is other support for the brothers. An internet predictor gadget, based on Google search data, shows the popularity of each participant, then calculates the scores they would get if voting took place today. Jedward are way ahead, an encouraging sign even though half of the final result is decided by the jury.
And although it often happens that an early favourite emerges, Eurovision academic Karen Fricker (who will be reporting on the event for The Irish Times next week), reckons the contest is “wide open” this year.
“In my opinion something would have to go grievously wrong with their performance for Jedward not to get through to the final at least,” she says. “Their song is youthful, it has a trendy edge – and appealing to younger voters is key.”
Another Eurovision aficionado, RTÉ broadcasting coordinator Paul G Sheridan, agrees. “They have youthful exuberance and energy and a great stage presence, which I think is going to win over voters on the night,” he says. “Their vocal ability may not be 100 per cent, but I think they may stun even the sceptics.”
The first semi-final is on Tuesday night; the twins are scheduled to perform last in the second semi-final, on Thursday night.
Sheridan’s own tip to win is the operatic entry from France, but he says the eco-inspired Finnish entry Da Da Dam (no Keats here, remember?) is one of the darker horses. Other entrants include the pop band Blue, who are representing the UK, and Dana International, the former Israeli winner, who is entering for a second time.
In their debut rehearsal this week, Jedward’s performance was as visually arresting, enthusiastic and madcap as some of the more successful entries in recent years. And at their first press conference, when asked to sing an a cappella version of the song, Jedward appeared to be singing in tune without the aid of special effects.
The Jedward charm offensive will now step up a gear. Expect photo opportunities with the contest’s other identical twins, the very blonde and very leggy Twiins from Slovakia, and plenty of quiff-denting pillow fights with fellow contestants.
The boys are said to be going down very well with the Germans. Enda might send them in to renegotiate the bailout deal yet.
Italy are back They have been in a big Euro-sulk since 1997 after not doing very well despite having been one of the main funders of the event. Now the European Broadcasting Union has got the Italians back on side. As a carrot, this year the Italian broadcaster Rai can broadcast that country’s Sanremo song competition in conjunction with the Eurovision final. Other countries are fined for tampering with any aspect of the live Eurovision broadcast.
Voting change To heighten the suspense during voting, the order in which countries announce their vote will be strategically scrambled. This is designed to avoid a repeat of the Lordi result, a few years ago, when after only a few votes it was obvious the Finnish monster rockers were going to romp home.
Source: Irish Times
|Posted on May 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM|| |
The Eurovision song contest is famous for its cheesy and tuneless, yet weirdly watchable, eccentric performances. So hyperactive pop stars Jedward should feel right at home, and they’re über-confident of their chances of winning.
The X Factor stars told The Suns’ Buzz magazine that their hairstyles alone should guarantee them a win.
“If John and I simply stood on stage with our hairstyles, we’d win Eurovision,” insists Edward. “We’re so ‘out there’ and have so much energy, plus we’ve got a really, really great song with Lipstick. That’s what people want. They want to watch someone they’ll remember.”
Whilst the UK will be rooting for man band Blue, Jedward, who are representing Ireland, don’t see Blue as a threat. “We think Blue are totally cool,” says John. “They’re not really our competition, though. We are totally different acts.”
The twins think they’ve got it in the bag and once they’ve conquered Europe, they’ll be focusing on world domination next. “We’ll know we’ve made it when we go to the Arctic and an Eskimo runs out to take our picture, screaming: ‘It’s Jedward!’” says John.
The lads are also plotting a biopic of their colourful lives, but will need the luck of the Irish if they want to get their choices for parts in the movie. “I want Justin Bieber to play us as we are now,” says Edward. “Britney Spears’ two kids could play us as children and Justin Timberlake could be the older Jedward.”
Source: Unreality TV
|Posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM|| |
Check out Jedward in Germany's Bild newspaper and read the 'translation' below.
The hair-raising ESC twins are shaking up the town. Dusseldorf loves the crazy Irishmen! Their storm hair says it all: When the twins John and Edward Grimes (19, "Lipstick") visit a place, it will never be the same again! Yesterday BILD met the crazy due "Jedward" in the Irish pub "O'reilly's" at the Dusseldorf Markplatz. A first for the Irishmen because: "We don't drink alcohol, have never been to a pub before!" It didn't take the fidgety twins longer than one second to jump onto a table to have their teddy bear shoes photographed. "We nearly lost them at the airport! That would have been so bad. STOP! Who is who? John: "Very easy. You recognize me because I have a scar on my nose. Also I have a beauty spot on my ear. And another clue: Edward always stand on the right on photos!" Got it! The twins won the British X-Factor show 2009. Since then they've become very popular in their own country as well as in Great Britain. The ex Beatle Paul McCartney (66) is one of their most prominent fans. Edward proudly points to the inside of this label: "Paul even signed our jackets!" Lena is also a huge Jedward fan. She visited the twins in their hotel room in Dusseldorf. John: "She brought along a lipstick because of our song and painted our lips. That was so cool!" The boys agree: Lena is totally cool. "That's the kind of woman we might marry some day... but we only come as a twin pack."
|Posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM|| |
ONE half of Jedward has been slapped with a talking ban in a bid to preserve his voice ahead of next week's Eurovision showdown.
John Grimes has been warned to keep his mouth shut unless he's singing their song Lipstick.
And the wacky twins have promised their fans they will embark on a tour of Europe if they do well at the high-profile contest.
Eurovision chiefs have indicated that they hope the 2011 winner and several of the top finalists will embark on an arena tour for the first time.
"If we do really well in Eurovision, we'll totally do a Europe tour. We want to go to all the countries, it will be totally amazing to have us going all around Europe, singing and going crazy," said Edward.
The Herald can also reveal how John and Edward (19) are receiving such an unprecedented level of attention from both press and Eurovision fans out in Dusseldorf, John has been ordered to rest his voice for a day or two.
"They've been doing so much talking and doing so many interviews that they've been told to cut it back a little," said an insider. "John's voice is still not 100pc and he needs to be in tip top condition for next Thursday so he's been ordered to stop talking completely to give it some time to come back.
"There's a huge amount of buzz about them in Germany. Everyone who saw them perform for the first time at the dress rehearsal was bowled over by how good they were so everyone knows who they are now. They really have their performance polished."
He added: "Visually it looks great, they're throwing the kitchen sink at it to make sure it looks really impressive on TV.
"People forget these two guys are seasoned performers, they're used to singing in front of millions every week on X Factor so a stage as big as the Esprit arena in Dusseldorf doesn't phase them in the slightest."
The Lucan duo have now been installed as being among the top five favourites to qualify for the overall final next Saturday, May 14 thanks to their publicity blitz.
They have also been given the big thumbs up from last year's winner, German songbird Lena.
"We had a pillow fight, she was jumping on our bed," said Edward. "She saw all our outfits and she's so pretty in real life. She's young and she's got cool trainers and she's 19 years old and we're 19 years old."
|Posted on May 5, 2011 at 9:55 AM|| |
Jedward have used their first Eurovision Song Contest press conference to warn the other countries that they are keeping tabs on them.
At the press conference in Dusseldorf, Jedward told reporters that they are using the backstage videos on official site www.eurovision.tv to find out what the other contestants are doing.
The duo said: "We love how you guys [eurovision.tv] have all the videos, all the latest things! It's a place for spying on people and checking what everyone else are doing.
"We go in there and see what all the other countries are up to and say that we have to do the same thing. We've also realised that everyone's copying our haircut! But they can't get it right up like us - and we can go even higher than today, we got a haircut just three days ago."
Jedward also told reporters of their good Eurovision omen.
"We're performing 19th in the second semi final; we are two and 19-years-old," they said.
Today Jedward are doing a photoshoot for Germany's biggest tabloid newspaper, Bild.
They will perform in the second Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on Thursday, 12 May.
Huffington Post: Ireland's Eurovision 2011 Song: "Lipstick" by Jedward
|Posted on May 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM|| |
John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes and Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes -- the Irish twins better known as Jedward -- understand the power of self-obsession. It's a state of mind that has catapulted them from contestants on the X-Factor to the world's most famous set of identical singing twins. Over the past year they raked in $4.7 million in gigs, advertising campaigns and endorsements. And they've reportedly replaced the Coco Monkey as the official mascot of Kellogg's Coco Pops. But as the 19-year olds prepare to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2011 with their song "Lipstick," it's obvious they want more than bags of money and a cereal box with their face on it.
"Basically we're doing Eurovision because we don't like going on holidays where people don't recognize us," Edward told me over breakfast recently. "So now we wanna conquer the whole world so people can recognize us in every single country." John nods his head -- and along with it his 10-inch tower of blond hair, apparently held in place by cement: "It's a really big deal. It's, like, Jedward going global."
John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes and Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes -- the Irish twins better known as Jedward -- understand the power of self-obsession. It's a state of mind that has catapulted them from contestants on the X-Factor to the world's most famous set of identical singing twins. Over the past year they raked in $4.7 million in gigs, advertising campaigns and endorsements. And they've reportedly replaced the Coco Monkey as the official mascot of Kellogg's Coco Pops. But as the 19-year olds prepare to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2011 with their song "Lipstick," it's obvious they want more than bags of money and a cereal box with their face on it.
"Basically we're doing Eurovision because we don't like going on holidays where people don't recognize us," Edward told me over breakfast recently. "So now we wanna conquer the whole world so people can recognize us in every single country." John nods his head -- and along with it his 10-inch tower of blond hair, apparently held in place by cement: "It's a really big deal. It's, like, Jedward going global."
They carry a divisive brand of eccentricity -- one characterized by outlandish costumes, an inability to self-edit and occasional delusions of grandeur. As they tweeted recently: "'With great power comes great responsibility.' This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Jedward man." It's no wonder that when the boys competed on the X-Factor in 2009 Simon Cowell described them as "two of the most irritating people we've had on here in a long, long time."
Yet they still managed to place sixth, and have amassed a cult following from France to Japan to England. For everyone who boos or hisses at the boys and their success, another four people worship at their altar. For those crazed fans living on Planet Jedward, the hysteria surrounding the twins has become a religion, their songs some form of holy scripture. More than 200,000 fans now follow them on Twitter, and wherever they go a steady stream of crying teenage girls follow. The boys clearly thrive on stardom. "Okay, we, like, love our fans," Edward says. "We always spend hours upon hours talking to them. We don't have a private life. Everything is about being famous."
In the process of courting that fame the twins have developed a thick skin -- and they can give it as well as they take it. When the boys won the Irish national final, some members of the audience booed. Edward brushes off the mix of fans and haters: "The boo and the woo turns into woo-hoo!" They're not afraid of Eurovision legends, either. Johnny Logan, who won Eurovision twice for Ireland, blasted the twins in an interview in Romania, saying it was an embarrassment these boys were representing Ireland -- the nation that has won the contest more than any other.
"It's called the Eurovision Song Contest, and we have a really, really good song," John says. "The thing is people who watch it are mainly young funky and cool and they want to see something new, something different something fresh, and something they can be a fan of. And that's what we're bringing to Eurovision." It's a roundabout and rather sophisticated way of saying Johnny Logan is bitter and washed-up -- a dinosaur of Eurovision's ancient past.
Jedward are the last group to perform in the second semi-final, and they're promising to deliver something big. "Our stage show in Dusseldorf is going to be really, really hot," Edward tells me, later adding that his delegation wouldn't let him bring tigers on stage. "It's going to be the hottest performance ever." Insiders tell me the act will involve massive lips lowering from the ceiling, and that the country's national broadcaster has turned red in the face over the amount of money spent on staging and promotion. Given their starting position and the surrounding hype, Europeans will struggle to forget this one when they pick up their phones to vote.
In recent weeks the bookies have narrowed the group's odds of winning their semi-final. Back in March it was thought they wouldn't reach the final, but throughout April they've been listed as the eighth or ninth most likely to win the semi -- suggesting they will, in fact, advance. The group enjoy a cult following throughout the continent, so expect points to roll in from France, Germany, Italy and beyond. Beyond stage tricks, their song "Lipstick" gets stuck in your head, which suggests it has a degree of commercial appeal. Surely that will go down well with the professional jury of music producers.
You can count on Jedward reaching the final. It's much harder, however, to predict how they'll go down once there. Recent winners -- like Norway's Alexander Rybak and Germany's Lena -- have performed mainstream songs that would fly in London or the country village. "Lipstick" may prove too edgy and hip for grandmas in Transylvania.
Regardless of these or other predictions, Jedward remain confident in their chances, as they explain in this rather breathless exchange.
John: "We want people in Europe to realize that Jedward live in Ireland, and that we do have cool songs."
Edward: "And that everyone loves music, and everyone loves Jedward, and Jedward are everywhere."
John: "And we want everyone in Europe to know that Ireland is really sunny."
Edward: "And that Ireland is totally ready to host Eurovision in 2012. And that the Olympics will be in U.K. and we'll have Eurovision in Ireland!"
Source: Huffington Post
|Posted on May 5, 2011 at 7:57 AM|| |
JEDWARD have fallen at their first Eurovision hurdle - they couldn't get into the host country. The Grimes twins were held by security for an hour at Germany's Dusseldorf airport ahead of this weekend's singing contest because their passport pics looked outdated.
Officials refused to believe the lads were once the two skinheads in their documents.
Unsurprisingly, the Irish scamps didn't do themselves any favours by singing their Eurovision entry song, Lipstick.
They should've banged out Ice Ice Baby.
Hair-larious ... how the Grimes twins might have looked without their quiffs
Source: The Sun
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM|| |
Yes Jedward arrived today at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf. As you will see there were lots of Pan European fans there to greet them. We all know that Eurovision's winner last year - Lena from Germany has said that loves the boys and their song but you can imagine the surprise when the head of the Irish Delegation received a phone call last night from Lena herself asking if Jedward would join her on German TV today for an interview as her guests. They boys did not have to be asked twice as they love Lena themselves. So they spent the morning with Lena and gave her some presents which included some Jedward socks and t-shirts which SHE LOVED.
Lena loves the guys and they are so happy to have her support. The guys arrived at the stage earlier and were full of energy. John said that his ankle is still a little sore but he will soldier on. We told him to take it easy in the rehearsals. They were so happy to know that hundreds of their Jedward fans are making the trip to Germany to support them. As you will see they have passed through security and received their stage passes and dressing room. They will be on stage in an hour and the excitement is growing in the arena. They are up for the challenge.
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 8:51 PM|| |
Read Eurovisionary.com's review of Jedward's rehearsal today in Düsseldorf:
Our final rehearsal of the day saw the contest's other twins take to the stage. This was the most entertaining rehearsal of the day, and you know Jedward will endear themselves to the audience.
There was a huge amount of interest in this final song of the day. Jedward are well-known in the UK and Ireland and if they repeat this performance next Thursday, Ireland are romping through to the final.
John and Edward are dress in black military tunics with gold trim - the sort of thing Michael Jackson would wear. Their four backing singers were not in costume, but will be wearing red, black and white on the night. There are two boys and two girls singing, and it could be argued they carried Jedward a little. One of the twins starts off lying on the stage with the other at his feet. There is a lot of dry ice on the stage which may affect the lying twin if he's there too long. Once he stands up, all six performers are very mobile during the three minutes of the song. The twins end the song by doing back flips, and there is copious amounts of red glitter.
The back drop is the most imaginative of the day. It's in the same colours of red, black and white, and features Jedward in a cartoon-type format. It is all most effective.
Jedward may not be the best singers in Düsseldorf, but their very entertaining interpretation of this song makes you smile, and should get them safely through to the Saturday night final.
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM|
A few videos from the first day of rehearsals:
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 5:47 PM|| |
Taken from Eurovision.tv :
Düsseldorf, Germany - Earlier today you could notice something different going around at the press centre. Many people were wearing quiffs on their heads! It is obvious that Jedward had arrive at Düsseldorf's Arena and spread their style: "It's like angelic halos and like a flame!"
The Irish twins Jedward took the stage by storm so extremely up-beat that they decided to run and jump all around it even before getting their mics. So big is their excitement to finally rehearse at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest stage. "We're totally ready for this, we wanna make it amazing and bring it to the next level!"
About the costumes they wore at the rehearsal they mentioned "we're not just wearing this clothing style for today, it's our everyday outfit. It's Michael Jackson like", so it's not likely that those would be the final stage clothes. We could witness some red sequence jackets with huge shoulder pads being shown around.
Jedward believe the exposure at the Eurovision Song Contest is massive. "There are so much people watching. We met Katy Perry, and she thought that it was a big deal to be here. It's a bigger platform than being in the MTV Music Awards," they tell, breathlessly.
When people at home are watching they will go like 'wow, what's happening!?'
Some things have changed in their stage show and they want to make an impression with it: "The one we did for the national selections wasn't as extravagant, but now it's totally all-out, in-your-face crazy. We have a really good vibe and energy on stage".
Jedward reveal that they are following Eurovision.tv closely. And it's not just for amusement, they actually use it as a tactical tool for the competition.
"We love how you guys have all the videos, all the latest things! It's a place for spying on people and checking what everyone else are doing. We go in there and see what all the other countries are up to and say that we have to do the same thing. We've also realised that everyone's copying our haircut! But they can't get it right up like us – and we can go even higher than today, we got a haircut just three days ago".
However, in the pictures for their accreditation badges, the guys wear a low haircut. They claim they had a bad hair day for the photos, taking great pride in their blond quiffs. "It's not just a hair, it's a statement. – Gravity's trying to push us down, but it can't, because our hair is standing. It's always flying free".
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 3:40 PM|| |
Jedward have had an eventful first day in Germany, as they prepare for next week's Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final in Dusseldorf.
Before their first rehearsal, the duo met last year's Eurovision winner Lena, who came to their hotel especially to meet them and spent an hour with them.
Lena, who said Jedward were her favourite act in this year's Eurovision, put lipstick on the duo and taught them some German.
She was also given a sneak peek at the many outfits Jedward have brought with them for next week's semi-final.
Lena's interest in Jedward has been matched by members of the German press, who are devoting a lot of coverage to the duo.
Also today, Jedward met the singer of this year's Austrian song, Nadine Beiler, who said: "They are really crazy - and I love it! I'm sure they'll make it to the final and I wish them all the best for the Song Contest."
Jedward replied: "She's got cool hair, a cool song, a cool voice and great eyes. We hope that we all make it to the final."
Jedward will be the last act to perform in the second Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on Thursday, 12 May.
The brothers were waved off by fans at Dublin Airport last night, and told reporters they were "going out to bring this trophy home" and added that they knew they could
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 3:06 PM|| |
JEDWARD seem to think channelling the costume designs of Lady GaGa and Michael Jackson will give them a Eurovision boost. The pop star siblings dressed in bizarre glittering jackets complete with huge double shoulder pads as they left Dublin airport yesterday.
The 19-year-old twins, real names John and Edward Grimes, looked eerily like were trying to compete with one of Lady GaGa's elaborate outfits or recreate pop king Jackson's 80s styles.
The hyperactive former X Factor stars waved Irish flags and posed with fans as they took off for the contest, which is being held in Dusseldorf this year. The competition, which sees the UK's entry handled by boyband Blue with their single I Can, holds its televised final on Saturday, May 14.
The siblings have promised Blue some tough competition, saying their song, Lipstick, will romp home.
Speaking about representing Ireland, John told a website: "The song has a lot of attitude, so we won't just be standing there singing it, we've got to get into the zone.
"We'll be running around a lot backstage, but when it finally happens we'll be like: 'Let's make this amazing'. We don't want to be nervous, we just want to enjoy it. We're gonna own the show!"
Source: The Sun
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 2:10 PM|| |
Keith Lemon has tipped Jedward to do well at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with their song 'Lipstick'.
The Sing If You Can presenter, played by comedian Leigh Francis, told Heat that the former X Factor duo are good singers.
Asked about the UK's chances, Lemon said: "I've not heard Blue's song ['I Can'], so I can't comment.
"But Jedward have got a good chance because I think they're on the right side of novelty. I don't mean that disrespectfully. I think they're fantastic vocalists. They can do cartwheels and sing.
"They did a cover of 'TiK ToK' on the show with Faye from Steps and they both front-flipped on. I went, 'This is f**king ace'."
Asked what advice he would give Jedward and Blue, he added: "Don't get drunk the night before. Or maybe do get drunk the night before. Sometimes I'm a bit more relaxed with a hangover. With Jedward, I'd say turn it up just an octave. Don't be so drab with your performance."
Source: Digital Spy
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM|| |
THEY failed to win 'X Factor' -- but pop twins Jedward had their eyes on a bigger prize when they jetted off to Germany last night for the Eurovision Song Contest.
"We're not going out for a holiday. We are going out to bring this trophy home. We know we can win," brothers John and Edward Grimes vowed as they boarded their flight from Dublin to Dusseldorf.
An estimated 18 million people around Europe are expected to watch Jedward perform Irish entry 'Lipstick' in the second Eurovision semi-final of 19 nations on May 12.
Should the twins, from Lucan, Co Dublin, finish in the top 10 in that heat and make it through to the main contest, that will swell to a global audience of 69 million.
No wonder the 19 year olds revealed to the Irish Independent they have recently taken steps to trademark their name.
"We want Jedward to be as recognisable as Coca-Cola. We took the decision ourselves because it's our name and this will stops people using it illegally on pirate products like T-shirts," said John.
Win or lose, it seems the brothers, who are estimated to have made €3.2m between them last year, say they are planning to use their Eurovision slot to launch themselves on the continent.
"This is the first step to people knowing who we are in Europe. Our plans after Eurovision is to go on a full European tour," said Edward. But they want to do that as the winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
Manager Louis Walsh has been quoted voicing doubts over whether his act could do it.
"Louis was worried about how all the block voting would affect us but he's completely behind us now and will be in Dusseldorf to support us," said John.
Jedward also believe their 200,000 followers on Twitter and an estimated 100 'Jedheads' jetting out from Ireland and the UK to support them, will help propel them to success.
"The jedheads will be walking around Dusseldorf wearing Jedward faces so it's going to seem like we're everywhere," revealed John.
However, connecting to the locals could be more difficult as neither twin speaks German.
"We've seen Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus on German TV and all they do is smile a lot. Anyway we have a translator who will be translating how we talk into English first and then into German," joked Edward.
Taking part in their first Eurovision rehearsal at 5.20pm today, Jedward will be the final act performing in the second Eurovision semi-finals on May 12.
They will need to finish in the top 10 of the 19 acts in that heat in order to make it to the main Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM|| |
Irish Eurovision act Jedward has stormed into the lead in the Google Eurovision Forecaster a strong sign that Ireland are looking at a return to Eurovision glory next week in Dusseldorf. The Lucan twins are looking to take the title back to Ireland for the first time since 1996.
Based on Google search data, the Google Eurovision Forecaster identifies which act is most searched for on Google in each participating country. In keeping with Eurovision tradition, each act is awarded 1-12 points based on where they rank in Google search. Search data from the act’s home country is excluded, replicating Eurovision judging rules.
Google launched the tool on April 24th with Jedward storming to the top spot on the April 28th where they have remained ever since. Google’s latest figures predict Jedward will amass a massive 129 points, 29 points clear of the second favorite a Friend in London, the Swedish entry.
Of course 50% of voting on the night will be determined by a professional jury but the Google Eurovision predictor has correctly predicted the winner for the past two years so things are looking good for Jedward and their entry Lipstick.
Updated daily, users can monitor contestants leading right up to the final and try to predict which country will come out on top. The Forecaster can be easily embedded on a website, blog or iGoogle page.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes place from the 10th to the 14th of May in Dusseldorf Germany.
Visit the Forecaster at www.google.com/eurovision
|Posted on May 4, 2011 at 12:04 PM|| |
X Factor finalists Jedward will be representing Ireland in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song, Lipstick. You have been warned...
What does it mean to you to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest?
John: "Singing for Ireland is a really big deal for us because we've wanted to represent our country since we were at school. It's great to get the opportunity after X Factor to represent Ireland."
What makes Lipstick the perfect song for Eurovision?
Edward: "There's no other song out there like it. It's a new sound, it's got a really funky beat and it's good to dance to. I think the other countries competing are getting scared because they know our song's a really good song."
What can you tell us about your semi-final performance?
John: "The song has a lot of attitude, so we won't just be standing there singing it, we've got to get into the zone. We'll be running around a lot backstage, but when it finally happens we'll be like: 'Let's make this amazing'. We don't want to be nervous, we just want to enjoy it. We're gonna own the show!"
Are you disappointed that the UK won't be able to vote in your semi-final?
Edward: "We think our fans in different countries will vote for us. There's a lot of depressing music around at the moment, and our song will lift the whole competition to a new level."
What would it mean to you to make it to the final?
John: "Right now, it's all about getting to the semi-final. But if we do get through to the final, we'll definitely make our routine bigger. Everyone will remember our performance!"
Source: What's On TV
|Posted on May 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM|| |
The Herald talk to Caroline Downey-Desmond about Jedward and Eurovision:
Caroline also shares my fondness for gossip so we quickly get distracted. She explains how she watched some of the Royal Wedding with her young proteges John and Edward Grimes ahead of their Late Late Show interview. And she recounts with a laugh how the pair wondered why Princes William and Harry were "dressed like Michael Jackson" when they saw their military uniforms and gloved hands.
It's clear that she has taken to her new role as Eurovision mentor like a duck to water -- but she admits to having some wobbly moments at the start. When first contacted by music guru Dermot McEvoy to put forward an act, she was thinking a male vocalist with a strong power ballad would be idea. Until that is, she asked her long-term friend Louis Walsh for advice.
"It seemed like a good idea but I thought I wasn't qualified to do it," she says.
"Then I went and spoke to Louis and said I've been offered this and I've said 'yes' but now I'm not sure.
"He said he always thought Jedward would be great for the Eurovision and the minute he suggested them it was like a light-bulb went on in my head. I was like 'they're perfect for it'. It's a new Europe, a new Eurovision and I hope I'm right. If it doesn't succeed, it won't be for want of trying."
But she admits she wasn't always the biggest fan of the X Factor stars.
"The first time I saw them on TV, I texted Louis saying 'Are you absolutely mad? They're like the Cheeky Boys.'
"And he said, 'no, you've got to trust me. When you meet them, you'll like them. It's all the way the show is edited'.
"Within five minutes of meeting them, I had terrible guilt for having these preconceived ideas about them and actually, it's taught me something, that I shouldn't do that with anybody. It's been a learning curve for me because they've been so amazing."
Since taking them over last January, it hasn't been an easy ride. There was, of course, the controversy over their song Lipstick being accidentally leaked on to the Internet.
This led some of their Eurosong rivals to cry foul and even call for them to be disqualified from the competition. The rules were subsequently changed by RTE so the acts could only get 30pc from the public vote, with the remainder from a regional jury. "We won anyway," she says, with no small amount of satisfaction.
Other incidents weren't quite so easy for Caroline to forget, though, most noticeably comments made by former Eurovision winner Johnny Logan, who labelled them as "embarrassing" and lacked credibility.
A mum of three children -- Zach, Storm and Jet -- she has no problem protecting those close to her.
"I got more upset than the boys did because we decided we wouldn't react by speaking out about it because I think that's what they were all hoping for," she explains.
"It didn't take anything out of the boys but I think a maternal instinct kicked in, as if it were my children that they were attacking.
"Maybe that's acceptable when you go into the celebrity end of it but it's not actually. They're two young guys just trying to live their dream and Johnny Logan's attack on them is appalling. I thought it was amazing when he won 32 years ago but let's move on.
"Let Johnny Logan go and find a winner for next year because it's not going to be him. It's the new generation coming forward. He was the new generation 30 years ago. He looked great, he sang great, he had great songs. He's entitled to his own opinion but maybe leave it until afterwards, if you feel that strongly about it. Just give us a shot first."
It's her first time ever going to Eurovision and she's clearly done her homework. She reckons the strongest competition from Jedward will come from Sweden and Norway.
And she's so confident that the twins can go all the way, she has even put down a €1,000 bet at 12/1.
"Everyone keeps telling me that Eurovision is an unknown entity. Last year everyone had pegged Sweden to win and they didn't even get out of the semi-finals so I'm not getting too disillusioned.
"I've tested a formula that should win, but who knows? I've picked a song that can go across Europe, written by a great songwriter, that's really catchy. And we've two young, vibrant guys going forward, so it ticks every box."
|Posted on May 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM|| |
Taken from the Daily Star:
HI, guys, we’ve taken over Hot TV today to talk about Eurovision.
Eurovision gets even more viewers than when we were on The X Factor. We’re representing Ireland with Lipstick. No surprise the critics have had a go. But it doesn’t worry us.
We will definitely be singing live. We’ve had Bono and The Script’s vocal coach helping us out. So there!
Unfortunately Ireland doesn’t get an automatic place in the finals so we’ve got to compete for a place at the semis, which is on BBC Three on May 12. If we make the final on May 14 we might sing Lipstick in different languages to get extra votes.
As you know John hurt his ankle on tour and has been doing gigs in a wheelchair but the docs hope he’ll be back on his feet in time for Germany.
Here’s our verdict on some of the favourites for Eurovision this year.
Germany – Lena: Taken By A Stranger. Lena won last year and we think she’s the one to beat. But her song is very different though.
Sweden – Eric Saade: Popular. The song is called Popular. Well we’ve got a message for him. We are more popular than him.
Israel – Dana International: Ding Dong. She’s won before. We’d never guess she used to be a man. She looks like Cheryl Cole!
Slovakia – The Twiins: I’m Still. It’s cool they’re trying to be a tribute act for us – but for girls. We are sexier, though. They look a bit old.
Russia – Alexey Vorobyov: Get You. Not sure. It was written by Lady GaGa’s gang. Sounds like it’s from a horror film.
The UK – Blue: I Can. Antony Costa, we hope there are no bank machines out there. It’s a cool song. If they lose, will they sing “I Can’t”?
France – Amaury Vassili: Dream. He looks like our brother with his hair. We’ll attack him in his sleep and gel it up.
Norway – Stella Mwangi: Habba Habba. We love it. We love Norway because we love Norwegian girls. Habba Habba? More Hubba Hubba!
|Posted on May 2, 2011 at 12:17 AM|| |
Jedward's manager and 'X Factor' judge Louis Walsh has said that he does not think the duo will win this month's Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf for Ireland.
During an interview on 'The Saturday Night Show' on RTÉ One, host Brendan O'Connor told Walsh that he thought Jedward could win the competition, and asked their manager if he felt the same.
Walsh replied laughing: "I honestly don't. I don't honestly think it. I'm going to be honest. I think they can do well on it. I hope they get through the semi-final.
"You never know 'cause all those Eastern countries, they vote for themselves. I don't know, but I'm glad they're through [as Ireland's entry]. Their record's doing really well."
Jedward will be the final act to take part in the second Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on Thursday, 12 May.
|Posted on April 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM|| |
Check out 'Eurovision Song Checker' reviewing Jedward- Lipstick and see how well think they will do in the competition.
"This country has already won seven times and is therefore the most successful participant. This year they're entering with their successful twins."
"Our guest is not a twin, but he is unique." "Yeah, hi." "When I first saw the guys my first thought was - Vanilla Ice." "Why that?" "Because of their hair." "Well, on first sight they look like they want to be a comedians, but not what we see is really good, modern, young, piece of music." "The boys are pretty young right? They are only 18 years old. But they already done a lot of things for their age ..." "Of course. They are already very popular in England, they already made a hit! They are very popular in Ireland too and I think that John and Edward - identical twins are also very talented." "They are a kind of internet phenomenon, they've got their own internet format. Are they only for a young audience or can they inspire also older people ...? "Older people of course will say, Oh, how these two look like!" "80s" "That's right. I think the song is like from good eighties, pop song, electronic and rhythmic. It seems attractive to me, it has a nice melody and can succeeds also with older audience. It's excellent product, even for dancing! " "It is also important that the song is good for hear ..." "And in this case that is true. Here (esc 2011) it is very important. Chorus is very contagious and I think choreography will be also good." "I think that the Ireland finally do something decent, after 10 years" "But the Ireland is the most successful country ..." "Yes, but their last won happened in 1996. After that, it's seems like that the islanders haven't really wanted to win, but the reason was money, which should be managing in the event, in case if they will win again. Later, it became all together really tragic, they almost never came into the finals and last year, when they came they were 23rd. Hard times for Ireland. " "So what do you think, will they be successful this year?" "I think that they will come in the top eighth. I think they will be pretty good ."
"Our guest is not a twin, but he is unique."
"When I first saw the guys my first thought was - Vanilla Ice."
"Because of their hair."
"Well, on first sight they look like they want to be a comedians, but not what we see is really good, modern, young, piece of music."
"The boys are pretty young right? They are only 18 years old. But they already done a lot of things for their age ..."
"Of course. They are already very popular in England, they already made a hit! They are very popular in Ireland too and I think that John and Edward - identical twins are also very talented."
"They are a kind of internet phenomenon, they've got their own internet format. Are they only for a young audience or can they inspire also older people ...?
"Older people of course will say, Oh, how these two look like!"
"That's right. I think the song is like from good eighties, pop song, electronic and rhythmic. It seems attractive to me, it has a nice melody and can succeeds also with older audience. It's excellent product, even for dancing! "
"It is also important that the song is good for hear ..."
"And in this case that is true. Here (esc 2011) it is very important. Chorus is very contagious and I think choreography will be also good."
"I think that the Ireland finally do something decent, after 10 years"
"But the Ireland is the most successful country ..."
"Yes, but their last won happened in 1996. After that, it's seems like that the islanders haven't really wanted to win, but the reason was money, which should be managing in the event, in case if they will win again. Later, it became all together really tragic, they almost never came into the finals and last year, when they came they were 23rd. Hard times for Ireland. "
"So what do you think, will they be successful this year?"
"I think that they will come in the top eighth. I think they will be pretty good ."
|Posted on April 30, 2011 at 1:39 PM|| |
Pop twins Jedward have been ordered to talk more slowly. With the 19-year-olds due to meet foreign press when they represent Ireland at Eurovision, their handlers fear the kind of communication breakdown which occurred when Vincent Browne attempted to interview them on his TV3 show recently.
John told The Diary: "We've been warned that journalists at Eurovision don't speak English as quickly as we do, so we need to talk much, much slower. Talking over each other is another no-no as is us finishing each other's sentences..."
"Which we do quite a lot ... whoops" added Edward.
On the subject of communication, the teenagers say they hope to connect with millions of Eurovision fans worldwide by sneaking in some hand gestures into Irish entry 'Lipstick'.
"We're both going to do peace signs, which will be recognised around the world. We just hope we don't get it the wrong way around, because that could cost us serious points," said Edward.
As first revealed by The Diary back in January, win or lose in Dusseldorf next May 12, Jedward will be filming a new variety show for RTE during August.
"It's called John and Edward's Big Bold Quiz and it's going to be the biggest show on RTE this year," they added.
However, they revealed that they had run into difficulties booking pals to appear after they lost their mobile.
"It had everybody's number on it, from Simon Cowell to Gary Barlow. We just hope they're not getting any strange calls from whoever found it," said John.
Luckily mobile phone network 3 have given the lads a new iPhone as part of their 'all you can eat' data plan promotion.
|Posted on April 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM|| |
Jedward plan to ''party for a year'' and treat all their fans to cake and pizza if they win the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.
Jedward plan to "party for a year" if they win the Eurovision Song Contest.
The twin singing sensation - who shot to fame on the 2009 series of 'The X Factor' - have revealed if they win the competition when they represent their home nation of Ireland on May 14, they will treat all their fans to "cake and pizza".
John explained: "We'll be happy with whatever happens, but if we win, we'll party for a year and treat our fans to cake and pizza."
Despite having to beat off stiff competition from a whole host of other nations, the duo - real names John and Edward Grimes - maintain they're "not scared of anyone".
John said: "We're not scared of anyone. We're just going to go and do our own thing."
Edward added to Top of the Pops magazine: "We're more excited than scared. Think about it: millions of people across Europe will see what we do and hopefully we'll get loads of new fans."
Source: The List
|Posted on April 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM|| |
Pop sensations Jedward have vowed not to reveal their wacky stage show for the Eurovision- even though they’re singing their track Lipstick on the Late Late Show tonight.
The twins will be interviewed by Ryan Tubridy and perform their song contest entry. But a spokesperson insisted tonight’s performance will ‘definitely not’ be a preview of the Eurovision semi-finals May 12th.
‘Jedward have a lot of surprises up their sleeves and everything is being kept under wraps’ they said. ‘They will have their backing singers with them but not the new routine, stage set or styling. No one will see all that until they get to the Eurovision. Tailor to the stars Louis Copeland has been recruited to style the twins for the Eurovision. ‘I'll be dressing the boys in something bright and colourful’ he revealed ‘be prepared to be surprised’.
Source: Irish Star
|Posted on April 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM|| |
The Sun is such a quality publication... but they give Jedward publicity....
JEDWARD are sulking with Eurovision organisers after they were told they could not have tigers on stage.The twins had planned an over-the-top "cool" show for their performance of Lipstick featuring two of the big cats.
Sounds deadly. The furry fellas would have had their quiffs off with a single swipe.
The boys have no choice but to go back to the drawing board after show bosses were very quick to stamp on their capering carnivores.
A source said: "The boys thought that bringing on tigers was a fool-proof plan.
"They know that the other countries don't think Britain or Ireland take the competition seriously. This was the ideal way of showing that they'd put a lot of thought into the gig. They're absolutely gutted."
John and Edward Grimes aren't lying back and accepting nul points quietly, though.
They have now asked for elephants or giraffes instead.
No word yet on whether GB hopes BLUE have had their hamster display request approved...
|Posted on April 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM|| |
Check out this cool interview from wiwibloggs.com:
Edward: It’s really weird okay because John’s voice is gone, but I’m taking over, so everything I say represents him. Basically we always represent each other and so we’re like a copy of each other.
Wiwi: I see that you’re eating from his bowl of cereal while he’s gone. Since you guys are twins can he taste what you’re eating?
Edward: Well, we usually eat the same stuff, so yes.
What about if you break a leg?
Edward: Like, once I fell on stage and snapped the whole thing. It was at T4 on the Beach [the outdoor music concert series] and on YouTube and it was in all the newspapers the next day. It was crazy. I needed to rest for six months but we had a whole tour to do, so I was on stage just doing stuff on painkillers.
John’s been away from the table for at least five minutes. Is this the longest you’ve ever been apart?
Edward: No. The longest has probably been a day, but we were always talking to each other. The thing is, when John’s not around I don’t have anyone to talk or. Or no one I can honestly talk to cause John’s opinion is, like, #1. If John says I’m doing something right then I know it’s good. He knows I can do, like, the best I can. He knows my abilities, so if I’m not doing something 100% he’s like, “Edward, get ready, and get big!”
Do you share a bedroom?
Edward: At home we have the same bedroom. We always had bunk beds when we were younger, and then we split them, and then we didn’t have enough room in our rooms, put them back into bunk beds.
[John comes back to the table and touches my hair]
John: Hey, okay, it’s like really, really cool you have, like, a mini-Jedward going on. It’s kind of small. It’s really cool. Yeah!
What’s your closet like?
Edward: Me and John have more shirts and ties than we do t-shirts.
John: Yeah, like, we don’t have any casual clothes. Ninety-five percent of our clothes are shirts and ties.
Edward: When our hair is down we don’t feel tired. When our hair is up we feel focused.
John: When our hair is down it’s like silky smooth. But today our hair is sticking right up.
Right. So why did you guys want to compete at Eurovision?
John: The reason why we wanted to compete at Eurovision was it’s one of the huge competitions in the world. I mean think about it. Every single European country is watching it. And it’s a huge way for Jedward to go global. People in Spain….
Edward: Basically we’re doing Eurovision because we don’t like going on holidays where people don’t recognize us. So now we wanna conquer the whole world so people can recognize us in every single country. But people do still recognize us, but we want it so we won’t be able to go anywhere.
Isn’t it like that in England already?
Edward: It’s already like that in other countries
John: Everyone is on Twitter. We have like 45,000 followers in America on Twitter, and like 30,000 in Japan, and maybe like 2,000 here. They’re like, “I’m from Japan, I’m from Singapore!” We get fan mail from all over the world. But this will be, like, a bigger thing so everyone will see us, millions upon millions. It’s a really big deal. It’s, like, Jedward going global.
On our blog we have a feature called Eurovision Death Match, and it’s neck and neck between you and Slovakia’s TWiiNS. What do you think of them?
Edward: Okay, we’re guys, okay, we like love our fans. We always spend hours upon hours talking to them. We don’t have a private life. Everything is about being famous. Meeting our fans, doing concerts. We don’t say we need down times to relax.
John: Everything is about our fans. Our fans always come first. Everything we do is, like, crazy.
Edward: They’re just like singing, okay, but me and John are really, really cool.
John: And the thing about it is we are guys, and they are girls, and it’s mainly girls who vote for guys, not girls who vote for girls. Every single time there is a blog or a quiz on the Internet our fans get straight on it and say, “Vote for Jedward!” Our fans are always online. We’re always on Twitter.
Edward: They always go to, like, other countries and promote us. That’s why people in other countries know who we are. Even these French people are like “Jedward!”
John: The thing about it is everyone here [in Britain] has already seen our hair, but when people in other countries see our hair they are like “WHOA!”
Edward: Some of them don’t know we’re famous, but they feel, like, “Oh my god they must be famous!” They don’t know why they like us. They just like us because they think we’re cool.
John: Like yesterday we met people from Hungary, Poland, from all over Europe, and they wanted to get pictures of us and said, “You guys look really cool! You have a really cool dress sense, and your hair is really cool” and we’re like actually really, really nice. My voice is gone because I’m always talking so much all the time.
Edward: I think we make each girl and each of our fans feel really special. We give time to each of them. We don’t kind of have a generic conversation with each person. We give them each a special moment. We remember facts about them. We remember their names, and that means a lot to them so they keep coming back.
John: And we’re always on Twitter tweeting them, direct messaging them, following them. Twitter is like your mobile phone and all your friends are on it.
Edward: It’s basically like a public mobile phone, and everybody has it.
What is your Eurovision entry “Lipstick” about?
John: It’s about a girl putting her lipstick on and we’re coming to get her. Da da dum. Got her lipstick on. Hit and run. She’s got it on. I’m gong to run and I’m gonna get her.
Edward: It’s kind of like a song you hear in James Bond or something. Everyone is comparing it to Britney Spears’ “Womanizer.”
John: It’s a real fast beat, up tempo track, and the minute it starts it goes straight into it, and it’s really catchy, and by the end of it you know the chorus.
Can you give us a hint of your stage show in Düsseldorf?
Edward: Our stage show in Düsseldorf is going to be really, really hot. It’s going to be the hottest performance ever at Eurovision. It’s gong to like totally step up the game at Eurovision because right now at Eurovision it’s cool but we’re going to take it to the next level.
John: We’re going to make it really animated and really, really out there and high energy.
Edward: We wanted to have animals but we weren’t allowed.
Edward: Like tigers, and get everyone like crazy.
John: Eurovision is like such a big deal, and everyone watches it, and these major Eurovision fanatics are like, “We love Jedward. Loads of people all over the world are talking about our song.”
How are you guys different from the other contestants competing this year?
Edward: Me and John we have, like, a base, okay. So if we did well at Eurovision we’d already have loads to offer the fans who voted for us. It’s not like we’d win and just fade away. We’d build on it.
John: And another point is our name is just Jedward. It’s not some hard difficult name to understand like La lalalala. Or like something really difficult like some cuckoo name.
Edward: We translated “Lipstick” into French. And we have lots of songs. Like “Bad Behavior” and “Distortion.”
John: We have like loads of other new songs that we’ve recorded. Brand new original songs that are even better than “Lipstick.”
Edward: Me and John always give a really big performance. That’s what our fans like about us. They like that me and John…some people performing on stage are just singing the lyrics. But me and John go beyond it. They aren’t really getting into it.
John: When we’re on stage we’re go crazy. We’re doing front flips
Edward: It’s really spontaneous. Say we have like 70 shows on our Planet Jedward show. Fans came to like 40 dates or something crazy like that because each show is totally different. We don’t do the same thing every time. We don’t say the same stuff. Every interview is always different. We don’t have the same things to say.
You are performing last in the second-semi final. What do you think about that?
John: I think it’s such a big deal performing last. It means it’s a big performance. It’s a like a really, really good performance to end the night. It’s amazing. It’s fate that we were picked last. It’s really cool. Really excited about doing it. And I think about it like we’re performing and the minute after we’re done performing the voting lines open and we want everyone to vote for us.
Edward: I think it’ll keep all the viewers like wanting to watch until the end because usually when we’re on programs our fans want to see us. They watch the whole thing to see Jedward. We’re going to be making a huge impact on like everyone in different countries because we’re really nice to them all because we’re cool.
John: I think people are going to be like, “Who are these guys with big hair?” Because normally people are, like, standing there singing and, like, maybe a little bit of dancing, but we’re just totally goofy.
Edward: Me and John bring that whole hype. There are plenty of other artists who have songs, but they wouldn’t have 100 people waiting outside their hotel. Or crazy fans. We have that whole crazy mania of “Jedward! Jedward!”
Edward: People recognize us when we’re on holiday. We went to France for like four days…
John: We went to Los Angeles and Orlando, and everyone in New York would stop us and say we looked so cool.
Edward: The reason people know us in other countries are because these online bloggers make videos about us.
John: Like Perez Hilton always tweets about us.
Edward: And we got a new parrot and Perez wanted us to call him Perez so we did and he tweeted it.
Do you like any of the other songs this year?
Edward: I really like Lena’s song “Taken By a Stranger” because you wouldn’t expect that from her. Her song last year was “Satellite,” and it’s so contrasting. But I also like Norway. “Haba Haba”… hujaza kibaba. I also like that song by Sweden, “Popular.”
Do you feel pressure to win?
Edward: I just want to represent. A lot of people go into it, like, “Oh my god, bloc voting!” We don’t care about that. We don’t mind. We’re just going to do an amazing performance. People make excuses but we’re just going to go there.
John: Like all you can do is go in there and do the biggest performance you can. Everyone in the competition is good after they’re there so you just have to go out there and do something different.
Edward: The thing is when me and John say it’s different, it is. Everyone else is going to say, “Oh my god! I gave a performance of a lifetime” but me and John actually are. We’re not giving ourselves false hope. We know we actually can do it. We have the willpower to keep going. Not just the performance, but the whole week. Interviews, the red carpet, we’ll make everything memorable.
Some folks booed when you won in Ireland. What do you make of that?
Edward: I think everyone was screaming, but the people booing were the other people’s families. You always have people in the audience who clap and the people who don’t do anything. So the people who booed, at least they made an effort. The boo and the woo turns into woo-hoo!
Johnny Logan said that you guys were an embarrassment, and that Ireland should be ashamed it chose you. What do you make of that?
John: Me and Edward, okay, we’re totally cool. Eurovision has completely changed. It’s gone from being this ballad contest to this modern competition. It’s called Eurovision song contest and we have a really, really good song. People who watch it are mainly young, funky, and cool, and they want to see something new, something different, something fresh, and something they can be a fan of. And that’s what we’re bringing to Eurovision.
Edward: Johnny Logan, okay, he’s cool, okay, but he’s like “I wish I could do it this year.”
John: He’s not as young as us, and I think he wishes he could be as young as Jedward.
Edward: Me and John know what it’s like to be fans. We are crazy fans of Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys. We waited outside of hotels just like our fans did, so we give our fans everything we gave them.
How long does it take you to do your hair?
Edward: The thing with me and John is when we go on stage it has to last for 2.5 hours. But right now it’s not like rock solid.
John: There are so many ways of doing it. Now it’s puffy because we did it really quick. But for a concert it’s rock solid because it has to last for a two hour show. Fans are always touching our hair and going crazy. To be successful you’ve got to have cool hair.
What do you parents think of all this?
Edward: Our parents are always trying to give us advice, but they’ve never been famous. They’re just trying to tell us what parents would tell a normal child. They just all want tickets to the show. They’re like are we going to get tickets?
Why do you think Ireland hasn’t done well at Eurovision in recent years?
John: The reason Ireland hasn’t won Eurovision recently is because..
Edward:…John and I were to young to enter.
John:…and because Eurovision has changed. It’s not about having a boring song. It’s about having an upbeat, out-there song like the Black Eyed Peas or Lady Gaga would do.
Is there anything you want Europe to know about Ireland?
John: We want people in Europe to realize that Jedward live in Ireland, and that we do have cool songs.
Edward: And that everyone loves music, and everyone loves Jedward, and Jedward are everywhere.
John: And we want everyone in Europe to know that Ireland is really sunny.
Edward: And that Ireland is totally ready to host Eurovision in 2012. And that the Olympics will be in U.K. and we’ll have Eurovision in Ireland!
Since winning you’ve been busy preparing. Are you exhausted?
Edward: So, yeah, we’re doing Eurovision, but we’re also doing stuff we’d generally do anyway.
John: Like we’re going on our tour starting in two weeks so we’re always busy. Or fans know how busy we are and all the things we do. Our fans know how we do like so much stuff it’s crazy. We’ve done 13 endorsements this year. We did Nintendo adverts.
John: Yeah! Jedward cool!
|Posted on April 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM|| |
"We used to always watch Eurovision with our granny and our granddad," Edward Grimes says in an interview with the RTÉ Guide. "He passed away but we know he'll be looking over us at the Eurovision this year. We're going to the Eurovision this year and we're going to win it for him. We watched it with him every year."
Jedward's song 'Lipstick' is tipped to make it through the semi-final stages and go on to the grand finale in Düsseldorf on May 14 and the twins' family will be in the audience on the night.
Jedward also claim that they're confident European audiences will understand them and their act. "I think all Europeans will get us because we've done 'X Factor' and totally launched us in the UK and Ireland and around Europe," John tells the RTÉ Guide. "But Eurovision is going to be a huge launch pad for us now."
"Everyone else at Eurovision might be partying but me and John and going to stay focused and resting our voices" says Edward. "We're going into this competition knowing that everybody's really competitive. We're the youngest in the competition but we're not going to let anyone intimidate us."
Jedward also tell the Guide about the influence of their parents Susannah and John on their lives and careers. "Our mom and dad always remember their role as parents. They never try and be our friends, they always tell us what's not cool," says Edward. "They always tell us what needs to be done. Our mom is not like some Hollywood mom. She still tries to be serious and get us to do things and if she's upset with something, she'll tell us."
You can read the full interview with Jedward in the RTÉ Guide on sale Monday, April 25. Jedward are also making a documentary entitled OMG! It's Eurovision for RTÉ which will air in the run up to the final.
|Posted on April 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM|| |
It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for a young singer who has been parachuted into Jedward's Eurovision performance.
Dreams can come true -- as Leanne Moore found out when she happened to be standing next to Louis Walsh when former X Factor contestant Rebecca Creighton pulled out of the show.
Leanne (26) was handed the plum job by Louis who knew her from her auditions with girlband Wonderland.
"We were backstage at the Westlife concert when Louis got the news. Thankfully RTE staff know me from You're A Star and Louis knows me from my auditions for Wonderland so they turned to me. It was really a matter of I was in the right place at the right time!" a delighted Leanne told the Herald.
The Limerick lass added that she has had to "pinch" herself since hearing the news and vows she is a true "Jedward believer".
The upcoming popstar admits that Louis told her she had a tough road ahead: "When Louis asked me to do it he told me 'you really have to put in an awful lot of work'."
The 26-year-old is working to a tight schedule as she heads to Dusseldorf in just a fortnight and still hasn't begun rehearsals.
"I had their song 'Lipstick' on my phone before, so I knew all the lyrics already, we had a good sing-song last week."
And Leanne insisted that although Jedward have a reputation for being quirky "they really have their heads well screwed on".
It's always been Leanne's dream to get to the Eurovision. She first hit the public screens on You're A Star in 2008 and later was among the top 10 finalists in Eurosong 2010. Now the singer is finally heading for the European stage -- broadcast live to an expected audience of 20 million -- and with a song that she says "will definitely win".
|Posted on April 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM|| |
Former 'You're A Star' winner Leanne Moore will replace 'X Factor' star Rebecca Creighton as one of Jedward's backing singers for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Creighton was forced to pull out of Eurovision because her group Belle Amie will now be supporting Tinchy Stryder on tour.
Limerick-born singer Moore previously came close to representing Ireland at the Eurovision, when she was selected as one of the five Eurosong finalists last year.
She is currently co-writing an album with singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy.
Moore joins Morgan Deane, Dan Priddy and David O'Connor as Jedward's backing group for the Eurovision semi-finals in May.
|Posted on April 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM|| |
Jedward twin John Grimes is to be in pitch perfect health for the Eurovision next month after his throat nodules scare.
John revealed yesterday that he doesn't have to undergo an operation for the condition and instead he has to do throat exercises.
John (19) said: "I'm ok. I'll be totally ready for the Eurovision. Can't wait. totally dominate, hit all the high notes be amazing.
And Edward added: "I was so scared. I was like "Oh my god, what's going to happen if there's something wrong with his throat."
But he added: "We are totally ready to go for like vocals of the world."
The twins are currently working with the same vocal coach as Bono and The Script- and have X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman to help with their Eurovision routine.
They also plan to surprise millions of viewers with special effects equipment being imported from the US.
Yesterday Jedward launched a new iPhone campaign for 3 which provides customers with 'All You Can Eat' data.
Source: Irish Star
|Posted on April 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM|| |
IT'S exactly a month until the A-Team goes to Germany to represent Ireland at the Eurovision and it's going to be totally awesome.
We're really excited now. It's so cool hearing our song Lipstick on the radio all the time. Everywhere we go, the fans are always singing it to us. It's really catchy and just makes you want to dance. It's unbelievable. Guys, we are going to win! The winner from last year, Lena Meyer-Landrut from Germany, was on a chatshow and said that our song was her favourite.
More than 100 million people watch it every year and everyone knows our hair so we think we're going to stand out.
We're going to go out there and be huge and mega. We're going to try and beat Lady Gaga we'll stand out so much. We love her, she's so cool and urban.
It's crazy because all the other acts are talking about us because they're, like, really really old and we're really really young. We can totally take them any day.
When we were kids, we always watched the Eurovision and the acts all looked like they were having so much fun so it's going to be so cool to experience that for ourselves.
We're going to be doing a really cheeky performance and will give it our usual 100pc. We've been rehearsing and practising our routine loads.
People keep asking us about Blue (who are representing Britain with I Can) but we think we need to be more focused on some of the other competition we've got.
Some of the other acts like Sweden are really good so we need to be more worried about them. We don't think Blue will win. All of our fans have been so cool and have been buying the single so we're really happy.
Of course we were sorry to hear that our backing singer from before, [X Factor star] Rebecca Creighton, won't be singing with us because she was really cool.
She's busy with her band Belle Amie so we're wishing her well with that. Our other backing singers, Leanne Moore and Morgan Deane, are going to be great. We're delighted to have Leanne on board because she's going to add loads to the sound and we think she fits in really well with the Jedward look. She's going to have a cool futuristic outfit.
This week, everyone's been talking about how we've earned so much money since X Factor [Reports have speculated the twins have earned as much as €3m]. We're not driven by all that stuff, we just want to have fun and make music.
Of course it's great but we're just happy to be doing what we love and meeting our fans. They're the most important thing and they're the ones who have supported us since the very beginning, back when we were on X Factor.
Each of our fans have their special moments with us, they remember the first time they met us.
It's been a really awesome week because we've been crazy busy. We were at home in Dublin for some of it and travelling around the country doing shows and some interviews.
We spent Wednesday night in London because we were doing different promotional things all day.
We had to be up really early to fly back to Dublin the following day. We met hundreds of fans at the airport so that was fun.
Before that we were in Cork, then Kilkenny.
This week we also had a couple of meetings about our new TV programme which we're super excited about. It's been commissioned now so we can't wait. It's going to be great.
We also went on Katherine Lynch's show Wagon's Den on Monday night and had a pillow fight with her. We won of course!
Katherine was asking us if we have girlfriends but we're both single right now, we don't have time.
Yesterday was really exciting because we had a photocall with Three, who gave us two new iPhones, after we lost the other one we shared. We can't wait to get back to talking to our Twitter fans.
Tomorrow night we're going to Waterford and we're going to be playing at the Forum so we hope all our fans are going to come and see us there. It's going to be really cool!
|Posted on April 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM|| |
JEDWARD have their fair share of critics when it comes to their Eurovision bid.
But John and Edward Grimes (19) can rely on the support of one very important fan for the latest twist in their career -- pop princess Katy Perry.
The star, who helped judge the Irish X Factor auditions, has given her vote of confidence to the madcap duo and their new song Lipstick.
"We were talking to Katy Perry last night and she thought it was amazing that we are going and signed a T-shirt for us wishing us luck," Edward said.
"Everybody in the business is really supportive because they know how big it is. It's a huge platform; Celine Dion and ABBA came from it."
The gorgeous wife of Brit actor and comedian Russell Brand has also been advising them on navigating the intricacies of the showbiz world.
"It's crazy to think that our last shoot for VIP Magazine was in the Wax Museum and within a year we are getting our own waxworks. Everything this year is a step up from last year. Katy Perry told us last night that it takes time; it just doesn't happen overnight," said Edward.
The bubbly pair revealed how people who slag off them and the annual song contest are "lame" -- and their earlier years being bullied help them deal with any negativity they encounter.
"Me and Edward know that we have a totally great song and we can totally do this. We have such belief in ourselves and our fans have such belief so we don't care about people who are like that. Basically they are just negative people," John said.
The Lucan natives are sporting an edgy new look in the latest issue of VIP magazine, where they reveal all about their cosmic rise up the showbiz ladder.
And Edward explained how being the target of schoolyard bullying has only made them stronger and better able to deal with media attention.
"We have gone through so much and have learned from every single situation from people attacking us and bullying us. Me and John have come through it and we have each other and have confidence in each other. I don't really mind what other people think as long as John is cool," he said.
"Me and John can't get nervous and I think that's why everyone has so much belief in us. People know that we will do a good job because we have already proven ourselves."
He said that they have learnt to brush off any unwanted comments.
"You realise that people are trying to impact on your lives, but it's just language. When we went to France people were trying to slag us off, but we didn't know what they were talking about so it didn't affect us. We have realised that everyone is just living and we are all like apes."
The latest issue of VIP magazine, featuring Jedward, is out now
Source: The Herald
|Posted on April 6, 2011 at 3:23 PM|| |
BLUE are used to dealing with embarrassment - LEE RYAN has been in the band since day one. But they've now suffered the ultimate humiliation, being insulted by JEDWARD.
The GRIMES twins have started battering the boyband ahead of their Eurovision battle in Dusseldorf next month.
Blue are the UK's entrants while the Jeds are doing their bit for Ireland.
JOHN said in his dig: "We never ditched our fans and came back. We've always been here."
His brother EDWARD also couldn't resist winding up their elder rivals.
Speaking at a launch for Fruit Shoots My 5 drink, he said: "I remember we found a Blue annual in a charity shop when we were kids and bought it.
"We're 19 and it will be girl teenagers voting so they're more likely to vote for us. I've heard everyone else's Eurovision song and ours is better."
The competition maintains its usual standard then.
Source: The Sun
|Posted on March 20, 2011 at 3:31 AM|| |
Was it Westlife suddenly leaving his Syco record label, or crisis meetings for the next series of ITV's X Factor?
The Diary can reveal it was a meeting with Simon Cowell that prevented manager Louis Walsh from attending Boyzone's homecoming show in the O2 on Tuesday night.
"I hated not being there for the lads but I was with Simon in the UK," Louis told The Diary this week.
Or could discussions have been about John and Edward after Jedward were announced this week as performing last in the second semi-final of the Eurovision in Dusseldorf, Germany, on May 12?
Their midas-touch manager is certainly confident about their chances.
"I have never lost at Eurovision," he said.
Yes, Jedward-doubters beware that any time Louis has showed up in Europe during the past 21 years -- Johnny Logan in 1980 and 1987 and Linda Martin in 1992 -- his acts have topped the juries' poll. Not even boyband Blue, representing the UK this year, can mess up his record, Louis reckons.
"Forget it. We always get more votes than the UK. That's why we've won more times."
Louis was keen to point out that his friend Caroline Downey is looking after the 19-year-old twins' Euro bid, with single 'Lipstick' currently number 3 in the Irish singles chart.
|Posted on March 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM|| |
JEDWARD will close the show in this year's Eurovision semi-finals.
And their road manager Liam McKenna said the news provided a considerable boost to the boys.
"Jedward will perform last in the second semi-final, it's amazing news. It's the best possible position for them as obviously voting will open immediately after the last act, so they'll still be fresh in people's minds," he said.
Jedward will be taking to the stage on May 12 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The 19-year-old twins will perform their hit Lipstick which is currently number 3 in the Irish singles chart.
Despite a wave of criticism, the X Factor stars beat off competition from four other acts to emerge triumphant from last month's Eurosong competition on a special edition of The Late Late Show.
Eurovision king Johnny Logan launched a blistering attack on the young stars and claimed that RTE bosses have destroyed the singing competition for Ireland, labelling them "the masters of their own destruction".
Logan, who has won the Eurovision three times, gave an interview where he branded the Grimes brothers embarrassing.
But TV viewers clearly disagreed and voted in their droves to make them the Eurosong winners.
Jedward are currently riding high on their success, having landed a €200,000 cash bonanza from a new ad campaign for Hyundai.
The ad will feature huge names Ryan Reynolds, Jim Carey and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Lipstick will be the new soundtrack to a car manufacturer's advertisement in Asia.
A source said that the advertisement was only available in Asia but fans should be able to view it on the internet.
"The rights are only for Asia but no doubt it will be on YouTube so everyone will see it," he said.
Source: The Herald
|Posted on March 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM|| |
JEDWARD will have a secret weapon when it comes to their Eurovision bid in May -- their gorgeous backing singers Rebecca Creighton (21) and Morgan Deane (25).
The Herald can reveal how the team behind John and Edward Grimes (19) are planning to give their two support singers a sexy new makeover as part of their plan to take Europe by storm.
X Factor star Rebecca and Morgan are naturally thrilled with the added boost that performing with the X Factor twins will give them -- and are gearing up to unveil a hot new look in Dusseldorf in two months time.
"John and Edward have a great song with Lipstick, there's no doubting that it's very catchy and has a real Eurovision feel to it," said a source.
"But everyone knows that Eurovision has changed so much over the past few years and an act's success is based on how they look just as much as their song. You have to look the part as well as sound it.
"They'll be going up against some very strong competitors like Slovakia's identical twins Daniela and Veronika Nizlova, who look amazing. Rebecca and Morgan are also two good looking girls and it's just a matter of making them look their very best on stage in Dusseldorf and add some real sizzle to Jedward's performance."
X Factor finalist Rebecca, who featured in girlband Belle Amie, has admitted that not everyone's a huge fan of Jedward and they have had to really work hard over the past few months to win over their critics.
"They have a great following but I know they get a mixed reaction and not everyone loves them. But they have a great following, they're just two young boys having the craic," she told the Herald.
She is also hoping to get some momentum going for Belle Amie and is working hard to keep the band going after they became a three-piece made up of Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman. They are back in the studio this week working on new material in a bid for chart success.
Meanwhile, Morgan is also gearing up to spend more time in the limelight in 2011. As well as supporting Jedward in their Eurovision bid, she is also enjoying a high-profile romance with South Africa cricketer Graeme Smith (30).
The Cork-born beauty recently went public on her romance with the sportsman and even flew over to India to the Cricket World Cup to be by his side as South Africa take on Ireland today.
The singer and model, who once dated Dave Murphy, originally started off her music career performing with Michele McGrath in former band Industry and auditioned for X Factor in 2006.
Source: The Herald
|Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM|| |
Great news! Today the allocation draw for the running order of the Eurovision semi finals took place. Ireland were picked to perform 19th out of 19 countries in their semi final on May 12th. Best possible news as it means the song will be remembered and stay fresh in people's minds
|Posted on March 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM|| |
TWINNERS AND LOSERS
Jedward might be Ireland's most famous set of twins but Slovakian stars TWiiNS are planning to outshine them at Eurovision Song Contest this May. Today we Pit John and Edward Grimes (19) against Daniela and Veronika Nizlova (24) in a bid to see who will triumph at the contest in Germany.
TWiiNS- I’m still alive: Their track is a modern pop ballad but unfortunately manages to be repetitive at just three minutes. It shows off their clear, soaring voices and perfect harmonies but is in danger of getting lost in a sea of boring ballads. 4/10
JEDWARD-Lipstick: Jedward’s song is an instant ear worm with a strong beat and already proving to be a teen anthem.The catchy song should deliver an instant hit at the Eurovision and won’t be easily forgotten when it comes to voting. 9/10
TWiiNS: A Quick look at their website and Videos shows that the twins know how to work their sex appeal and love showing off. Their sexy image may turn off some voters but it will no doubt win those identical babes fans across Europe. 9/10
JEDWARD: To thousands of teenage girls Jedward are their dream guys and they have model looks as they are signed up to the prestigious Next agency. Everywhere they go they are followed by groups of screaming girls who love them for their cute, puppy dog looks. 7/10
TWiiNS: Daniela and Veronika’s main entertainment strategy seems to be pulling poses in their videos in front of a cast of hunky guys. There is no doubt that they always look like they are enjoying themselves but its more about achieving a sexy look in a bikini than having fun. 6/10
JEDWARD: Jedward have already proved they have the X-Factor and there is no questioning that they have the fun factor too. The giddy twins brighten up every room they walk into and keep fans constantly entertained with their high-energy dance routines. 9/10
TWiiNS: Trashy cheap pop with bass beats is their speciality and their cover version of Sabrina’s 80’s anthem Boys is the best example of their work. They have released four albums and their latest songs have the potential to fill dance floors across Europe but unfortunately lack substance and originality. 5/10
JEDWARD: So far they have released one album Planet Jedward which went to NO1 in Ireland and have had handful of singles which charted high. Lipstick was their first Original release and shows good promise for their next album if they can move away from high dependence on cover versions. 6/10
TWiiNS: Daniela and Veronika have multi-media ambitions as they have presented their own TV show Hitbox; acted in a musical; and have degrees in management. The pair moved to LA last year and plan to release an international version of their album this winter. They worked with top songwriter Andreas Carlsson on their next single Welcome to Hollywood which they hope will be a big hit. 7/10
JEDWARD: John and Edward are burning with ambition for their careers but seem extremely thankful for every opportunity they are given. The Dublin duo are set to present TV shows on both RTE and BBC; are lined up for another pantomime; and are genuinely excited about winning over new fans with their appearance on the Eurovision. 8/10
TWiiNS aren’t any competition for JEDWARD who beat them 39-31 in our ratings, and will undoubtedly take the Eurovision by storm with Lipstick.
|Posted on March 10, 2011 at 3:42 PM|| |
RTÉ is planning a behind-the-scenes documentary following Jedward as they prepare to represent Ireland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The documentary is expected to be broadcast during the summer.
This year's Eurovision Song Contest Final takes place in Düsseldorf on 14 May, with the semi-finals on 10 and 12 May.
Jedward will compete in the second semi-final.
The twins' Eurovision hopes were given a boost this week when last year's winner, Lena, said that Jedward's song 'Lipstick' was her favourite in the competition.
|Posted on February 27, 2011 at 3:23 PM|| |
Love 'em or hate 'em Jedward look like they are here to stay.
As Eurovision fever kicks into gear, the teenage twosome prepare to take on the begrudgers and former Eastern-bloc countries in their biggest reality TV contest to date.
And as always they're smiling, bouncing and making everybody around them fall under their infectious spell.
Denying rumours of a split from their manager and original mentor Louis Walsh since MCD music promoter Caroline Downey took over as leader of their Eurovision Adventure, both, John and Edward say: "No way, Louis Walsh is still our manager"
"We're so excited about the Eurovision its going to be huge" says John.
"We're so excited about the Eurovision. We're gonna prove all the Eurovision snobs wrong. This is a war that we have to sight and that we're gonna win."
"Louis is our dad and Caroline Downey is our mum! They look after us. Its time for Jedward's Europe invasion. Forget MTV and all that, the Eurovision is where it's at. One Billion will be watching us. We're not scared. We can't wait!"
"I know there are other twins but we're not worried, as they are VERY different from us."
I suggest to the boys the other twins in the competition- blonde bombshells Daniela and Veronika Nizlova, who are flying the flag for Slovakia- are kinda like sexy porn stars.
But, as seasoned media professionals, Jedward remain silent so as not to implicate themselves in a media slagging match with their female competition.
"there's no limit to where Jedward can go.." Smiles John. "Our performance is going to be huge. We're going to have transformer costumes that will change and there will be fireworks."
Cutting in, Edward gushes:
"There will be Pyro everywhere. This is going to be the biggest stage show to you've ever seen from us."
Chatting to me in the boardroom of a suite in Dublin's Conrad Hotel on Tuesday, the lads appear to be just the same happy-go-lucky guys that i first met over a year ago.
Obviously they're both millionaires now- worth an estimated $2.5m between them- but their personalities haven't changed. Nor has their enthusiasm for promotion.
"Obviously we are excited about our new single Lipstick, but today we want to promote the Kellogg's Fun Raise 4Kids secondary schools challenge. We want kids to sign up and be part of the cause for Crumlin's children's hospital," explains John.
Finishing of his twin's sentence, Edward pipes up, saying: "Yeah, Kellogg's for the charity. Be part of it."
While many Irish have descended on to the streets of Hollywood today for the Oscars, John and Edward seem to be the only part of the Louis Walsh machine left behind.
I speak to Louis as he boards his flight to LA on Wednesday and he says: "The boys cant come as they're too busy making their new video for their Eurovision entry Lipstick- which is now available for download.
"They're also recording lipstick in several languages, so all their new fans around Europe can understand them. I love these kids. Just like Westlife they have a great work ethic and they love their fans.
"They just want to sing, dance, preform and make people happy. With some help from their new mentor Caroline, i know that they're going to take over Europe and make even more millions- even if they don't win Eurovision.
"Stuff the begrudgers. Jedward are gonna invade Europe. people are just jealous it's not them."
With a legion of other journalists waiting to talk to the teens, we kiss goodbye and wish the boys good luck in Dusseldorf on may 12.
"Ah thanks Amanda. We see you on twitter all the time. Can you just make sure to tell all out original fans that we won't desert them for our new European fans, We love them and we always will."
Source: Sunday World
|Posted on February 26, 2011 at 2:28 AM|| |
Rte bosses are splashing out Û120,000 to boost Jedward's bid for Eurovision glory, the Irish Daily Mirror can reveal.
The State broadcaster will rubber-stamp the hefty budget in a bid to win the competition for the first time in 15 years.
The twins will have a team of top producers, voice coaches and stylists working with them to help them pull off a spectacular performance of their song in Germany.
A station insider revealed last night: "RTE have been cutting back all over the place - but they are busting open the chequebook for Jedward.
"The bottom line is they feel the twins have a great chance of winning the contest and they want to show they are committed to them.
"But these things don't come cheap and if they want to compete with the other big acts at the finals, the money needs to be made available.
"The way RTE sees it is that if it helps them bring home the title then it will be money well spent.
"Between flights, hotels, design and production it's going to be a big operation."
John and Edward Grimes, 19, are already thinking big for the performance on May 12.
John said: "We're thinking about having a cool outfit and will come up with a brand new performance because it's a bigger stage.
"It's an arena so it's going to be a huge performance.
"We're going to shock people. People will be like, 'Oh my God, where did these guys come from?'."
Edward added: "The event is a really good opportunity for us to gain more fans. We have to give it everything over there and we want a breathtaking performance."
The RTE source said: "With Louis Walsh behind Jedward the feeling is they will have the best of the best working with them in the competition.
"It's probably the best chance we've had in years and they are really pushing the boat out to give them the best chance possible.
"If the twins go on to win this it could project them to huge stardom throughout Europe. They see it as the ultimate chance to win a massive new fan base."
Source: The Mirror
|Posted on February 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM|| |
JOHNNY who? He may have won the Eurovision contest three times for Ireland but this year's contestants, Jedward, say they've never heard of Johnny Logan.
On Monday, the singer branded the twins "embarrassing".
However, the Grimes brothers didn't even know who the 56-year-old was.
"Who's Johnny Logan? Is he a jockey?" asked John.
Edward looked equally confused and admitted he'd never heard of the 'What's Another Year?' singer.
"I think that anyone who hates on people that are younger than them, they just want to be younger," he said.
"If people start hating on you or start saying, 'oh don't do that,' you know you're doing something right."
The pair were speaking at the launch of the Kellogg's Fun Raise 4 kids Secondary Schools Challenge. The challenge is calling on all secondary school children to organise fun events to raise much-needed funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.
"It's kids raising money for kids and is a really good opportunity for kids to get creative and to come up with really good ideas to raise money," Edward said.
The charity is close to the twosome's hearts as they were at Our Lady's several times throughout their childhood.
Edward had the German measles and John got stitches in his nose after getting hit by a hurl.
"It's for a really good cause so kids need to get out there," John said.
Ahead of the Eurovision in Dusseldorf in May, where they will perform their song 'Lipstick', the pair said they needed to get organised.
"We're thinking about having a really cool outfit, and will come up with a brand new performance because it's a bigger stage. It's huge, it's an arena so like it's going to be a huge performance," John said.
"We're going to shock people. People will be like 'oh my god where did these guys come out of?'" Edward said. "The event is a really good opportunity for us to gain more fans."
After the competition it is world domination for the pair, and playing Croke Park last week was good practice.
"It's really, really cool because U2 have performed there, Jedward have performed there, Westlife have performed there, you know -- all the greats."
Source: Irish Independent
|Posted on February 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM|| |
Hair-rising duo Jedward revealed they are looking forward to meeting their rival twin act at the Eurovision.
Twins John and Edward Grimes (19) from Lucan in Dublin, are facing a stiff challenge from raunchy Slovakian sisters, Daniela and Veronica Nizlova.
The 24 year old stunner's – who call themselves TWiiNS- will be singing a track called I’m still alive.
And Jedward insist they’re delighted there’s another set of twins in the competition.
“We’re really, really dying to meet them,” said John,
“They’re twins, they’re in the Eurovision, they’re in the same semi-final as us- so we already have lots in common.
“I hope they like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus too and then we’ll have loads in common.”
Jedward will be jetting out to Germany at the end of April in advance of their semi-final on may 12.
They will be accompanied by their mentor for Eurovision,Caroline Downey of promoter MCD.
“They’re in good hands with Caroline- she’s used to producing huge shows,” said manager Louis Walsh.
“The boys couldn’t get better support and advice.”
Jedward’s Eurovision song, Lipstick, soared to number two in the Irish charts last week after being released on downloads only.
Source: Irish Star
|Posted on February 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM|
POP twins Jedward last night stormed the stage in front of thousands of GAA fans at Dublin's Croke park with their Eurovision song Lipstick and insisted: "We're not going to let the boo boys get us down."
John and Edward Grimes kicked off a spectacular performance with a rocking version of Robbie Williams' "Rock DJ" on a small stage in the centre of the pitch. Then they split from each other and ran to their admiring fans at each main stand, somersaulting as they went.
The boys will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany in May. But when they won the Eurosong contest last weekend several members of the Late Late Show audience booed them, who were then chastised by host Ryan Tubridy.
And some sections of the crowd who attended yesterday evening's two National League games involving Dublin against All Ireland hurling champions Tipperary and footbal kingpins Cork also jeered the teenage singers.
It's not something new for the twins as they were regularly booed by the audience of the X Factor.
"I think me and John will always have to prove ourselves to other people, but the thing is me and John love having fun on stage and somebody might be sitting down in the audience but at the end they'd be up screaming," Edward told the Sunday World.
"We like going an extra bit further because our fans are always going to love us."
Edward explains they didn't realise until after the Late Late Show that some people had booed them.
"It's so weird because we had no clue what was happening, only looking back on Youtube, because some fans texted us saying, 'Oh my God, it's so mean'," he reflects.
"But basically me and John at the time didn't know it happened but I think it was really really cool that Ryan Tubridy stood up for us and he was like 'This is their moment', and it was really weird because everyone was screaming.
"I think some families of people who didn't win and that wouldn't have happened if it was anyone else, because our family is really happy for other people."
Jedward were the interval act at yesterday's games and will perform again at Croke Park for another Dublin game, as will Damien Demspey and Horslips.
John reveals that the twins are big GAA fans.
"We used to go to all the Dublin matches with our Dad and our Grandad and we used to always sit behind the goal and there was always such a huge atmosphere. I can't believe we're actually performing in the middle of Croke Park during a Dublin match," he enthuses.
"We have Dublin jerseys, we have the new one."
Their estranged parents and older brothere were all at last night's event.
And for many a Jedward fan it was a bargain to see their heroes as adult tickets for yesterday evening's games cost just €13 for adults and €5 for kids.
"It's so cool because the last time we performed in Croke Park was supporting Westlife last Summer, it was such a memorable moment and everyone was going so crazy and we hope we made the kids' day," beams Edward.
"It's so cool performing in front of thousands of people and we're so excited by doing Lipstick and Ice Ice Baby.
"It's so cool our single is at No. 2 now in the charts."
"We went out to the shops and we saw loads of fans, who were going 'Jedward!', then our fans spotted us, it was in Tallaght."
He admits they have always been big Eurovision fans.
"We're not like crazy crazy, we wouldn't remember all the stuff, we know Abba of course and a lot of other performances gave us great ideas," he notes.
"One time we did a school talent show and it was based on a performance with all the lights and everything, it gives you really ideas because you expect really big performances every year, we watch it every single year."
"We're really excited about going to the Eurovision and representing Ireland with an uptempo song."
Among those they'll be competing against is boyband Blue, who represent the UK.
But Jedward are also curious about another set of twins who'll be in the Eurovision in Düsseldorf on May 12.
"It's such a big opportunity for us, we can't wait to represent Ireland, there's these other twins from Slovakia and we're going to be so much better, we're going to be the ultimate twins," boasts Edward.
Despite their huge female fan base the pair still don't have girlfriends.
"I feel like our fans are our girlfriends and we meet them all the time and there are so many of them," John stresses. "If we had a girlfriend it would be kind of awkward, they're our fans and our fans come first."
Jedward will soon release their second album, which is called Bad Behaviour, and play some tour dates around Europe. The 19-year-olds are now self-made millionaires.
Source: Irish NOTW (Sunday)
|Posted on February 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM|| |
OMG, Jedward are going to Eurovision.
The teens (19) have officially been named as the musical act representing Ireland at the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany, after beating four other acts for the honour.
Jedward sang their entry Lipstick alongside fellow X Factor alumni Rebecca Creighton in a special edition of last night's Late Late Show, where the votes were calculated as a combination of a public tele-vote and regional jury vote.
Speaking after their comprehensive win last night, they said: "We are so happy to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. It's the most amazing honour and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for the song tonight. We'd also like to thank our mentor Caroline Downey-Desmond for all her support and the song writers for writing such an amazing song that we are really looking forward to performing in Dusseldorf in May."
As our pictures show, hundreds of fans flocked to the show's studios, and the boys were quick to thank them first hand by mingling with them afterwards.
Still dressed in their matching red leather blazers and black ties, they hugged and kissed fans in honour of their win.
And they were all smiles alongside mentor Caroline Downey Desmond, who handpicked them as her act to mentor for this year's competition, and road manager Liam McKenna. The reality TV stars expressed their true excitement online at being named Ireland's official entry.
"You guys have been with us every step of the way and we thank you guys for making us reach the top and living the dream," they said in the early hours of this morning.
"Good Night everyone we are going to sleep you guys rock and are the best fans in the world," they added.
The boys even took the time to personally thank show host Ryan Tubridy, and launched a campaign to increase his number of Twitter followers in gratitude.
Late last year RTE announced that it was taking a different approach to selecting Ireland's Eurovision act. The State broadcaster nominated five mentors and asked them each to select an act and song which they believed had the potential to be a Eurovision winner.
Source: The Herald
|Posted on February 12, 2011 at 12:10 AM|| |
Tonight Jedward won the Eurosong! They will now be heading to Germany to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest semi final on May 12th Ahhhhh!!!
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM|| |
I can't believe it's finally here! Eurosong is upon us and Jedward need our votes! Tune into RTE1 at 9.35pm or watch online
Lipstick is amazing, John and Edward are amazing and they must get to Germany! Go team Jedward!
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM|| |
WE can't wait to get on to the stage at the Late Late Show tonight and show everyone exactly what we're made of.
And if the Irish people want to send the A-team to Germany next May, they better pick up the phone and vote for us.
It's going to be so cool having everyone finally hear our song Lipstick after having to keep it to ourselves for so long. We've been humming it in our heads all week.
We can't wait to meet up with Ryan Tubridy again. When we were on the Toy Show with him in 2009, he said that we were his favourite twins so he's obviously a big fan.
We met Louis Copeland during the week and he made us these brilliant new suits especially for our performance tonight.
He also made us some other suits for our new tour and TV appearances so we're going to be looking really sharp -- we can't let our fans down when it comes to our outfits, they expect a certain standard now.
We're not feeling too nervous about tonight, we know it's a competition but we feel that we have already proved ourselves. We've been around for more than a year, we went through the whole X Factor thing so this is just the next step for us.
When we were kids, we always watched the Eurovision and the acts all looked like they were having so much fun so it would be cool to experience that for ourselves.
When it comes to the other acts, we're not really concentrating too much on them. To be honest, we consider each other as our competition and we know we have the right song. It's a real pop-style song and has the kind of cool sound that will help us go really far in the competition.
We're going to be doing a really cheeky performance and giving it our usual 100pc.
The whole week has been spent in Dublin as we've been rehearsing and practising our routine all week long to make sure it's really sharp.
We flew back in from the UK last Sunday and we had a night off to just chill out. Monday morning we had a super early start at 6am as we had loads of interviews to do with radio stations and we started our rehearsals.
We didn't stop until 9pm and then we did it all over again the next day. We got to meet up again with Rebecca Creighton, who's singing with us, and our other backing dancers like Morgan Deane. They were all really cool.
On Tuesday we did a slot with Xpose which was really cool and then we had a meeting about doing a TV commercial with a fruit drink company in the UK. We can't say which one yet -- you'll just have to watch it.
We had more interviews on Wednesday but we don't mind because we love talking and spreading the love for Team Jedward.
Thursday morning we were up again at 6am to go into the studio and then we had to get our hair done with Louise Teasdale.
She used to do our hair when we were on the X Factor and she knows exactly what way we like our quiffs done -- we don't trust anyone else to do them.
Then it was out to RTE for a photocall and to meet with all the other acts who are going to be on Eurosong tonight. We did another full rehearsal and then we went back to the penthouse of the Dublin hotel that we were staying in.
We've been using that as a base for the whole week but of course, our fans managed to find us as they always manage to track us down.
John had to go out in a full disguise to do some shopping on Grafton Street so he dressed down in a hoody top and was trying to walk differently so no one would recognise him.
He still kept his shiny high tops on, though, as you can't compromise yourself too much.
We woke up kind of nervous at 6am this morning but we're not too bad now. We're just really excited about going on the Late Late Show again and doing our thing.
We're spending the day rehearsing and making sure our performance is the best on the night.
There has been lots of talk about this competition but at the end of the day, the best act will win -- and we hope that will be us.
Our single is going to be released for downloading just after the Late Late Show and then goes on sale at midnight tonight.
All our fans have been so cool and have been promising they'll buy it so we just hope they'll stick to their promise.
Source: The Herald
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM|| |
Everyone go to our video page and check out all the interviews from today!
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM|| |
Blah blah other contestants blah blah. Here's what Jedward have to say:
"We're such big fans of Eurovision. It's amazing to think that we could have the opportunity of representing Ireland.""We watch it every single year. It's amazing that we have a really good song, we've got a good stage performance, the whole presence. Everything is so positive."
"When we get up on that stage we're in a totally different world and we feel like that's what the whole of Europe needs to see. We need to capture everyone and get them to get on Planet Jedward."
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 1:52 PM|| |
IT'S Jedward, but not as we know them.
The pop duo yesterday described their bid to be the Irish Eurovision entry as the "next step" in their careers.
The 19-year-old twins, who perform in a 'Late Late Show' Eurosong special tonight, have faced a barrage of criticism this week from rival entries and former competition winners.
However, following rehearsals in RTE yesterday, the Lucan brothers claimed TV viewers tuning in tonight could expect a surprise.
"It's Jedward but not how people have seen us before," John said.
"What we're trying to do is take our performance to a new level. We're doing something very polished but with the same youthful energy. That's why we're calling it Jedward's next step."
"We will be singing live on Eurosong, and if the public decide we're Ireland's Eurovision entry, we will be singing live in Dusseldorf," Edward added.
"We have the height of respect for people like Paul Harrington and Shay Healy, and the rival entries who criticised us. But we want them to know that we would be very proud to represent Ireland. We would do a good job. This is the kind of opportunity we have been waiting for. We just want to be given a chance."
Jedward, with backing singers Morgan Deane and Rebecca Creighton from 'X Factor' girlband Belle Amie, will perform after Don Mescal tonight. They will be followed by new band Bling, who have been tipped as the other potential winners, with the Vard Sisters and Nikki Kavanagh fourth and fifth.
Speaking at yesterday's rehearsal, host Ryan Tubridy welcomed a decision by RTE to split the vote two-thirds in favour of regional juries and one-third phone votes.
"I'm glad it's not all texting," he said. "You don't want one section of the population who are prolific texters to run away with it."
Posted on February 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM
I LOVE it! How about you? Don't forget to vote like crazy for Jedward tomorrow night- RTE 9.30pm.
|Posted on February 10, 2011 at 6:24 PM|| |
Cool article from The Herald. I think I like The Herald.
THERE'S no bore like an old bore, and there's no old bore quite like an old Eurovision Bore.
Looking at the world through their rose-tinted, Foster Grant sunglasses, sideburns greying and flares flapping, they bemoan the current state of their beloved song contest, and long for the good old days when a chap in a nice kipper tie, with a few backing singers in sequins, would warble his way to an inevitable 'douze points' from the whole of the EEC.
And Bucks Fizz flashing a bit of leg was the height of gaucheness.
So it's perhaps inevitable that crusty old Eurovision stalwarts Paul Harrington and Shay Healy were letting off steam yesterday at the launch of a rival entry to Jedward for this year's contest.
Shay, the maestro behind Johnny Logan's win, oh, 125 years ago, has mischiveously suggested that Jedward won't actually sing live. And why is this so important, according to Shay? "Last year, Niamh Kavanagh got most of her points for her singing," he declares. Yes, Shay, all 25 of them, which saw her finish third last, a full 221 points behind the winner.
"We will have a good time laughing at them, but frankly I don't think Europe will get the joke," continued Shay. This oft-wheeled out comparison to Dustin the Turkey is absurd -- that was a comedy act, pure and simple, while Jedward are pure pop, and are guaranteed to perform an upbeat, catchy song, exactly what has been racking up the Eurovision points in recent years.
And while Paul Harrington is an excellent musician, his Eurovision moment was almost as long ago as Shay's -- he won with Rock 'n' Roll Kids back in 1994. It's ironic that he, just like the character in that song, seems to be stuck in a moment, while the world has passed by.
And contrary to what they believe, Jedward is exactly what Eurovision needs right now. They don't write their own music? So what ? Neither Johnny Logan nor Paul Harrington wrote their winning songs.
And if the only thing they do is prance around and bring a smile to our faces, so be it. If we must go down, let's go down with a band playing, rather than the miserable, embarrassed way we've greeted our recent Eurovision flops.
Paul Harrington and Shay Healy are two greats of Irish Eurovision history, but they need to get over it. Advice from them on this year's entry is akin to asking Cecil Gee, purveyor of brown three-piece suits to Irish gentlemen in the 1970s, what he thinks of the latest Dolce & Gabbana collection.
Go back to your flared pantaloons and cheesecloth shirts, guys. It's all a bit "once upon a time".
|Posted on February 9, 2011 at 6:54 PM|| |
Jedward's road manager Liam McKenna has slammed suggestions that John and Edward Grimes (19) will not be singing Lipstick live.
And he revealed that he and the twins' mentor Caroline Downey-Desmond believe there is a "dirty tricks campaign" being waged against the teenagers in their Eurosong bid.
"She is absolutely devastated this is being said about Jedward because she has tried so hard to be dignified and be involved in a fair competition but this is going too far," he said.
"They will be 100pc singing live and it's upsetting for anyone to accuse them otherwise without any proof.
"As far as we're concerned, the competition starts on Friday night and this dirty tricks campaign is just in bad taste."
He was speaking after former Eurovision winner Paul Harrington criticised the twins' talent and said we wouldn't get out of the semi finals with them as our entry.
Speaking while launching a rival's entry this week, he said they would struggle to hold their own in Germany and they wouldn't be singing live.
Composer Shay Healy also waded into the row by saying how the twins would be relying on Rebecca Creighton to do all the singing and described them as a "joke".
However, their road manager Liam has said it's all part of a campaign to undermine the twins' ahead of their Eurosong performance on Friday.
"They have been up at 6am every morning this week rehearsing the song and their routine and it's them singing it, not Rebecca," he continued.
"We brought her in for backing vocals because there's female lines in the song."
|Posted on February 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM|
A couple of negative pieces from the Irish Independent today. They'll show them.
WINNING Eurovision song-writer Shay Healy would rather Ireland "sent a good singer to the song contest than all the gimmicks in the world".
The writer of 'What's Another Year?', sung by Johnny Logan in 1980, believes that fellow 'X Factor' Irish finalist Rebecca Creighton has been drafted in to bolster Jedward's vocals on the night.
"We all know Jedward can't sing, so Rebecca will be doing the singing and the lads the running around.
"We will all have a good time laughing at them but frankly I don't think Europe will get the joke," Shay said.
Asked if it mattered if Jedward sang in tune, the veteran composer said it was.
"Definitely it matters. Ireland's entry last year, Niamh Kavanagh, got most of her points for her singing the song she sang.
"I think with Jedward they will be up there on that huge stage and there will be nowhere to hide."
FORMER 'Eurovision' winner Paul Harrington yesterday claimed that pop twins Jedward won't be able to sing live at the song contest and are unlikely to even make it out of the semi-finals.
Harrington, who won the competition for Ireland in 1994, was speaking as he launched a rival entry by singer Don Mescal and songwriter Ronan Hardiman to compete against Jedward in Friday night's 'Late Late Show Eurosong Special'.
Praising Mescal (40) as a "strong singer", Harrington said this was in stark contrast to brothers John and Edward Grimes, who he said would have difficulty performing live.
"Jedward are great young fellas with great energy but I think they will struggle singing at 'Eurovision', where you're up against some of the best singers in Europe.
"It is going to matter on the night because if it's a singing competition, with Jedward we're definitely going to lose or not even make it through the semi-finals," Harrington predicted.
The other contenders are the Vard Sisters, Nikki Kavanagh and new male-female quartet Bling, whose members were chosen by EMI head Willie Kavanagh.
Ireland's 'Eurovision' entry will hope to be selected for the main contest after taking part in semi-finals in Dusseldorf, Germany on May 12.
Describing the Jedward entry as "two young fellas 'lepping' about the place", Harrington said Westlife would have been a better Louis Walsh bid to win 'Eurovision' for Ireland.
"Westlife are world-class performers. Hugely polished, great singers and with a following all over the continent, and beyond. I've no doubt Westlife could win 'Eurovision' for Ireland," he added.
But yesterday Harrington was putting his weight behind a 'Eurosong' bid by vocalist Mescal and composer Hardiman with their track 'Talking With Jennifer'.
The pair's chances have been improved by a decision from RTE which will give regional juries two-thirds of the votes in deciding the winner of Friday's 'Late Late Show'. The other third will be phone votes.
The move is intended to off-set any advantage Jedward may have had with phone voters after a 30-second sample of their Eurovision entry 'Lipstick' was uploaded to the web in error but later removed.
But Jedward's mentor Caroline Desmond said it was "premature" to question her act's singing abilities before Friday night's programme.
"The public will decide on the song they most like on the night," she said.
Not once do I see him say they won't sing live so interesting headline choice there from the Independent.
|Posted on February 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM|
Eurovision Ireland have put a great interview up on their Facebook
Today we met the Eurosong Finalists John and Edward Grimes aka Jedward, their Mentor Caroline Desmond and their Tour Manager Liam McKenna. Yes Team Jedward came out in force to greet Eurovision Ireland today and the welcome we received was overwhelming.
Team Jedward could not have been nicer if we had asked them to be. Despite meeting Jedward in the basement of a Dublin establishment where they were rehearsing for Friday’s Eurosong – their excitement and passion should have had them in the Penthouse Suite.
We started our interview by explaining our Fan Network and to our complete pleasure John and Edward said that they love reading our page on a daily basis and seeing all the support for them from their fans.
Jedward: We know that we have the BEST fans in the world. We love to be on Twitter and read all the postings that our fans send us and we love to let them know just how important that they are to us both.Yes we see their pictures and videos supporting us. We are so grateful to them for doing that. Every time we have a new project we always like to try and make sure that our fans are the first to hear of it through ourselves.
Whether it is a new single or an appearance, we love to let our fans know first about it. We love to google search our friends and we did that with Eurovision Ireland and we saw just how many of our fans were supporting us on your page – so we just had to follow you too. Thanks for all your really nice posts about us.
Thanks guys. So Tell us about your song “Lipstick”
Yes our song is called Lipstick. We really love it. It is certainly the type of song that people of all ages will really enjoy and understand. It is a real up tempo song and even if you are in say Spain or any other part of Europe and you don’t speak English – you will all understand what “Lipstick” is and you will be able to get up and dance and party with us.
It is a song with a great beat “Dum Dum Dum” that we really know would be played on radios across Europe and could be a really big hit for Ireland.
It is really a song that we hope people will love at Eurosong. We know that there is no budget for the Eurosong final but trust us, if we go to Eurovision we will make sure that the performance will be amazing and something that everyone would enjoy on the big stage. You know that if anyone asks us to try something in a performance – no matter how difficult it is - we will ALWAYS give it a shot and put 100% effort into our performance. A lot of people have girl friends and boyfriends and they do things for them, well we like to put all our effort into things for our fans and that is really what we are trying to get across in our song “Lipstick”.
Well we all saw in the recent RTE programme that you will be having a stylist and a choreographer for the Eurosong Final and that you are going for a very slick look and professional feel to the performance. What can you tell us about that?
Yes that is true. Usually me and John style ourselves but for Eurosong we did work with a stylist. We have gotten red suits made and they look really great. But we have gotten a few suits and I am not sure if you saw John on youtube doing “Single Ladies” in the red cat suits – well we have been trying out a lot of looks. The cover for the single sees us in great red suits so we will see over the next few days if we will stay with the red suits we have had made. You know it is like we are back at school and we have homework to do – so we have to make sure that everything is perfect for our fans as we want to give them the best performance on Friday night.
And will there be a video be made for the release of “Lipstick”?
Yes certainly. We really want to put all our efforts into Eurosong first and then we will definitely look at a video for the song. You know when we listen to a song we get ideas for a video. The same way that when I heard Britney Spears song “Gimme More” – the song made a lot more sense when you saw the video and we would really like to do the same for Lipstick.It is also like when you read the Harry Potter books as a young child, you had a picture in your mind of what he looked like but when you saw the movies it all becomes a lot clearer.
There have been rumours going around that Rebecca Creighton from X-Factor’s Belle Ami will be one of your backing singers this year?
Yes we have 4 backing singers who will also be dancing with us on stage. We have Rebecca Creighton from Tallaght, Morgan Dean (from the Irish Band “Industry”;) who is from Cork, Keith Cullen from Dublin and David O’Connor from Wexford. It is a really great team backing us up and they come from all over Ireland, Gerry Reeves is our choreographer and he has been training us. The dance moves are great but they are not too crazy. They really suit the song.
We hope that Brian Friedman (we all know from X-Factor) wants to work with us for the video and Gerry has been working with Britney Spears on her new routines for “Hold it against me”. So right now we are really excited about the people we are working with.
Now you talked earlier about how wonderful your fans are but there are people out there who are really mean towards you both. The thing I really like about Jedward is that you are both so positive. Even when some people in the audience of X-Factor gave you a hard time you NEVER said a bad word about anyone. You remained so upbeat and professional and I just want to know how you remained that way?
We have realised that we do what we do not for the people who don’t like us but for our fans - the people who support us day in and day out. So we concentrate on the people who show us love. You know that if people want to put us or label us into a box, we don’t pay that much attention to that. We continue to listen to our fans and do what they want us to do. And you know that if some people don’t like what we are doing then the love that out fans have for us really gets us through it. So we concentrate on the positive vibes that our fans send to us.
We really think that “Lipstick” could be a turning point for us. A lot of people who may not be a fan of us might hear the song and they might actually say “Wow that is a really good song”. And we have been recording other new songs that are really influenced by the Black Eyed Pees and Lady Gaga, so we really think that people will be surprised by our new material.
Now just to let you both know that I have been receiving thousands of emails to our page from your fans in the UK who say that they are travelling to Dublin on the Ferry from Hollyhead this Friday so that they can come and vote for you. What would you say to those fans?
You know that we have such loyal fans. We have so many fans who come to every single one of our concerts and appearances. We maybe the heart but they are the beat. They make us strive to try and be the best that we can be just for them. They always see the bigger picture of what we are all about. You know that we get so many ideas from our fans on things that we should do. They send us suggestions on a daily basis and we write every single one down. We may not use them today but they might be right to use at another time. So we really listen to what our fans say to us all the time.
Now we all know that Louis Walsh is your manager. However for Eurosong you have been working with the lovely Caroline Desmond. How has it been working with a new Manager as such?
Yes it is the first time we have worked on a song with Caroline but we have worked with her on the Childline concert before, so we have a really great relationship with her. Caroline does wonderful work on the Childline concert and gets so many really huge artists to support the great cause like Westlife and Boyzone. When Caroline was asked to be a mentor for Eurosong , she came to Louis and asked if we would be interested. Louis asked us and we jumped at the chance.
When Caroline had a few songs and she played them for us she asked us for our opinions on them. That was great for her to want to get our feedback. When we heard “Lipstick” in the demo form it was performed by a girl but we instantly loved it and we worked with Caroline and the writers to change the song a little so that it could be sung from a guys perspective.
When we got into the studio to record the track, the producers really encouraged us to make the song our own and give it some of our own flavour and we really loved the fact that the song writers had confidence in us to interpret their song. That has really helped us take the song to the next level and turn it into an amazing song that we really love.
So we know that the song will be available to download on I-tunes just before the Eurosong Final for the UK and Ireland. Do you have any plans to take the song further?
Yes for sure. We think that it will be great that when people see the song performed on Eurosong on Friday that they can actually go and download the song if the like it. And if we are lucky enough to make it to Eurovision we are intending on promoting the song all over Europe. We want everyone to know of the song and to get as many votes for Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest.
We know that our fans have been saying on line that they are going to be wearing “Support Jedward” t-shirts and lots of different colours of “Lipstick” from Gold and Silver to Blue and Red. It is really going to be exciting.
You are known not only just in Ireland and the UK but all over the world and your popularity is growing. There is even a pair of twins in the Ukraine who have actually made a cover version of your song Ice Ice Baby/Under Pressure. Does it surprise you just how popular you are becoming?
Yes we have seen the clip of the twins from the Ukraine. They are really great too. It is so cool to hear our song sung in a different language. We receive lots of mail from fans from all over the world. We were sent the promotional CD that was released in Japan, we have over 30,000 Twitter fans in the USA, then fans in France, Italy and across Europe.
You know Justin Beiber started off on YouTube and Twitter where people were asking “who is this great guy” and at the moment we are going along on the undercurrent across the world. We love to dream that one day we could make it to the Grammy’s, even if it is in the background. We would be looking at all the stars and going “WOW” look who it is.
Now we know that the songs will get their first full playing on the Derek Mooney Radio Show on Thursday. Has it been difficult for you not to be humming the song out in public?
You are so right. It has been really difficult for us not to be singing the song to ourselves. As we still live at home we were really conscious that the family house is not sound proofed so we were really careful to make sure that when we were playing the song to ourselves that there was no chance for anyone to hear it.
You know that we have usually 150 fans outside our house every day so we had to make sure that nobody could hear the song through the garage or by an open window. We always like to get the vibe of a song so we play a new song over and over to ourselves. So we had to be careful that nobody would hear it.
You were performing with Eurovision Winner Linda Martin in pantomime this Christmas. Did she give you any advice on how to act at Eurovision?
The really great advice that Linda Martin gave us was to be kind to everyone that we meet and treat them just like how you would like to be treated by others. It is really great advice as it helps us spread our positive attitude to others.
Linda did say to us that Eurovision had changed a lot since she won back in 1992 and she felt that a really up tempo song would do well at Eurovision today. She really gave us confidence to be able to go out and sell our song to the public.
Have you been following Eurovision over the years then?
Oh yes. Eurovision has always been a great time in our family home. We can remember looking at it every year. We really remember the performance from Tatu and how they had a really vivid stage performance and their image really stood out. We would hope that people would see us on a Eurovision Stage and remember us for our song and image. Something fresh and fun.
Now will your manager Louis Walsh be at the Eurosong Final on Friday?
Yes Louis is a huge fan of Eurovision and he will be flying in from Miami especially to be there to support us. Then he will be coming with us to Sweden and Denmark where we will be recording some new songs for our upcoming album.
If we make it to Eurovision then we will all make sure that we will be going on EVERY show physically possible to help promote “Lipstick” and Ireland for Eurovision. We would not just go over to Germany and hope for the best. We want to work really hard to make sure that as many people hear the Irish entry. You know that we want to go to Eurovision and represent Ireland. We want to put a really positive image of our country out there for all to see. We feel that we are running really fast for Eurovision. It is just like our concerts where we do 25 songs each night. We want to give that energy to Eurosong and Eurovision.
We are going to perform on Friday like we are in front of 80 thousand people and give it our all. We really hope that the juries can see that we have a lot of experience at performing on television and in front of thousands of people and that we can cope under extreme pressure. Anything that is thrown at us we will do it and we will do it really well. We hope that they give our song a chance and listen to it.
Will you be performing your song “Lipstick” in your new “Bad Behaviour” tour in April?
Yes for sure. We will be performing “Lipstick” and lots of new songs that our fans have not heard yet. So we are really excited at that prospect. We still have to think of a date to release our new album but we want to make sure that we give Eurosong/Eurovision our full attention so the album release date will have to wait.
Now we know that you like to style yourselves but for Eurosong you have received help. Did you have much input on your image for Friday night?
Well we see some other artists in the music industry who have huge entourages with them where ever they go. Well we always style ourselves and we do our own hair and make up. Louis is really good at letting us experiment. So even though we have a stylist for Eurosong we have been working with them on the look that we are going for. We still want to keep it very Jedward but we want to be respectful to Eurosong and Eurovision.
We have heard some rumours that you have just filmed a pilot for an entertainment/quiz show for RTE in Vicars Street recently. Is there any truth to that?
Yes there is. We have done an episode and it is mixing the ideas of a quiz show and a live entertainment show. Every week we would perform different songs and have guests on. We have also met with the BBC to look at making an entertainment show also. It is really exciting. There are a few ideas that it could be a singing show or something along the lines of “The Amanda” show. As for when they might be on the air,we have had to tell everyone that Eurosong comes first so everything else has to wait. Eurovision is our priority.
Now we have heard also that you have been signed to the Ford Modelling Agency. Is that true?
Well we are with Next Modelling in the Uk and some people at Ford saw our photos and tweeted that we looked really cool. Our fans then kept tweeting Ford and saying how much they loved us. So all of a sudden people were saying that we were signed to them. As of yet we are just talking to them but watch this space.
Now for the last part of our interview we would like to ask you some questions that your fans sent into us here at Eurovision Ireland.
Oh that is really cool
Hollie Watson askes “What is your favourite topping on toast?”
Strawberry jam. We love it. We also like ketchup on toast. I know that might sound crazy – but yes ketchup
Sarah and Amy Dooley ask “Will you be going on a promotional tour across Europe after Eurovision?”
Yes we will be going on a massive tour after Eurosong/Eurovision. We want to get a really big tour bus and bring a hundred of our fans with us. That would be great fun.
Elisabeth Parry asks – “Will you be doing any promotional appearances for Lipstick before Eurovision in the UK?
We are going to be on “This Morning” hopefully and then doing all the press runs but like we said we want to give Eurosong and Eurovision our full attention.
Sue Grant and Katharine Tomlins ask if you will be wearing the red catsuits on Feburary 11th –
Well we hope to be wearing red suits for the Eurosong Final.
Has it been tough keeping the song secret from your fans?
Yes. We like to tell our fans everything first and then the press afterwards so it has been really difficult not to share our great stories about Eurosong with our fans.
Have you still got their “Vote Jedward for Eurovision” flag?
Yes we certainly do. It is great and we have the cool balloons that they made for us too.
Have you seen their “Vote Jedward” video that was made by “Sal Jedwardfan” and Sue Grant and their friend Lucy?
Yes we have. It is wonderful. Sue and her friends put so much work into the video and we want to thank them so much for their support.
Bryaninne Keatings asks “Where do you get all your cool clothes from?” –
We get our clothes from everywhere. We go into a shop and we try and break the barriers as to what people think is cool. We will try something on that others might ignore and we just have fun with what we wear. But we will get our clothes from anywhere and everywhere.
Lindsay Compton asks “ If you were selected for Eurovision and go on to win the competition how would you celebrate and what would it mean to you?
We would actually think about what would we do for our fans and thank them for their support. We just want to build on any success and do things bigger and better for all those people who support and have supported us.
Claire Fitzgibbon asks “Do you remember her in Killarney as she gave you a huge box of presents. Can you remember what was in the box?
Well a shout out to her friend Claire and then there were 2 lollipops but one of them was broken. Oh and they were wearing red ties!! Yeah they were really cool.
Well finally do you have a message for all your fans out there?
We are totally going to give our best for you all at Eurosong. We are going to be consistent and do everything for our fans and that we want to spread all your love to everyone that we meet. You guys rock and you guys are amazing – each and every one of you. And we are VERY excited about Valentine’s Day coming up. Oh yes!! We have already gotten loads of cards from our fans so thank you so much.
Our Mom has bought hundreds of boxes and we go through every piece of fan mail that we receive. A lot of fans make t-shirts for us so when we go home we wear our fans t-shirts to help us relax. Our fans are the best and we really hope that we can do them proud on Friday night and go on to represent Ireland in Europe. It would be the biggest honour of our careers if we were fortunate to get the chance to sing in Germany.
I would very much like to thank John and Edward for their time today. They were the nicest young men anyone could meet and such great fun too. A special thank you to Caroline Desmond and Liam McKenna for also giving us their time. We wish Team Jedward the best of luck on Friday in the Eurosong Final with their song “Lipstick”.
|Posted on February 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM|
On Thursday afternoon a 30 sec clip of Lipstick was put on Amazon by Universal to preview the single's release (Feb 11th Midnight- everyone download!). Unfortunately this was against RTE's rules which state the songs cannot be heard until Derek Mooney's radio show on the 10th.... even though last night's documentary played more of each song... but whatever. There were shouts of 'Unfair! Disqualify them!' from people but after consideration RTE have simply chosen to change the way the voting works- in previous years the televotes and the jury votes were split 50/50. This year the public vote only counts for 33.3%. Obviously because the public love the Jeds. Let's just hope the jury do too
Posted on February 6, 2011 at 2:15 PM
Rebecca from Belle Amie to Join Jedward for Eurovision
Posted on February 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Rebecca from X Factor group Belle Amie will be joining John and Edward in their Eurovision quest.
She confirmed the news on her Twitter yesterday: “Im taking part in the Eurovision with Jedward, xxxxxx wohoo plz SUPPORT us !!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH FUN X X X” and now the press is full of it. What do you think? Is she just a backing singer or will it be a bigger role? More importantly, how excited are you to hear Lipstick?!
Tallaght-born crooner Rebecca will be lending her vocals to John and Edward Grimes' rendition of Lipstick on the Late Late Show on February 11.
She is also urging viewers to leave their prejudices aside when it comes to the madcap twins -- and judge the song on its own merits.
"They have a great following but I know they get a mixed reaction and not everyone loves them. They're just two young boys having the craic," she said.
"People have to listen to the song first before deciding whether they like it or not and not just switch off because it's them. I hope they'll support us.
"Their mentor Caroline [Downey Desmond] rang me about a week and a half ago about doing this so I had a good think about it and just decided to do it today.
"I met the twins before, backstage at X Factor, and we had a good yap, they seem like lovely lads and I'm really looking forward to doing this. I also have a little quiff going on myself, so I should blend in!"
"I really can't wait. The three of us will be singing together. We are starting rehearsals at the weekend and I am really looking forward to that. I say, bring on the Eurovision."
Source: Irish Mirror
"I'm not sure how much singing will be involved but I am very excited- the lads are lovely."
Source: Irish Sun
|Posted on January 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM|
RTE have revealed the songs all five acts will be singing for Eurosong, along with information about all the mentors. Read about everyone here but here's what they say about Jedward (that's what wanna know about, right?):
Jedward - Lipstick - Written by Dan Priddy, Lars Jensen And Martin Larson - Mentored by Caroline Downey Desmond
Caroline Downey-Desmond - Director MCD and event producer
Caroline has chosen John and Edward Grimes aka Jedward as her act for Eurosong 2011. Jedward will be performing Lipstick, a song written by UK-based songwriters Dan Priddy, Lars Halvor Jensen & Martin M. Larsson, who have also written songs for JLS, Blue, and Sugababes.
Caroline said: I chose Jedward as my Eurosong act as I wanted to bring energy and fun to the competition and believe the rest of Europe will love them. Lipstick is a great pop song and it's perfect for the Eurovision.
Jedward have had a busy year following their X-Factor success. Their debut single Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) hit #1 in the Irish singles charts and #2 in the UK singles charts, on downloads alone. Their debut album Planet Jedward, released in July 2010, became the fastest selling record in Ireland last year.
Lipstick premieres February 10th!
|Posted on January 28, 2011 at 7:37 AM|
All Eurosong entries, including Jedward, will be premiered on Derek Mooney's radio show on Thurs Feb 10th! Tune into RTE Radio One from 3pm. Cannot wait!
|Posted on January 28, 2011 at 7:34 AM|| |
The Eurosong documentary airs next week, Sat 5th Feb at 6.35pm, on RTE1. It'll be a behind the scenes look at all five acts competing to represent Ireland in Eurovision and will also feature a clip from the songs! Get excited!
|Posted on January 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM|
JEDWARD are hoping to give their competition the kiss of death by calling their brand new Eurovision single Lipstick, the Herald can exclusively reveal.
X Factor sensations John and Edward Grimes (19) will be puckering up to all their fans shortly with their saucy song and hoping it will prove their perfect meal ticket into the May song contest.
There was massive speculation as to the title of their original new single, but the Herald can today confirm it will be called Lipstick.
Clad in matching red lycra suits and covered in lipstick kisses, the wacky twins released this new photo to their fans this week and gave them a luscious teaser to the title of their single.
"Do you like this cool new picture of us? Well here's a hint. The name of the track is linked to it," they said.
"Guys, we are so excited about this. We are going to really need your support as it all comes down to a public vote. We can show them what amazing fans we have."
Written by the same ace team that worked with chart-toppers JLS, namely Dan Priddy, Lars Gensen and Martin Larrson, they recorded the song in a London studio earlier this month.
They are now hoping Lipstick, which they will debut for the first time for the nation just before Valentine's Day on February 11, will see them sail through to the Eurovision contest in Dusseldorf.
|Posted on January 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM|
Ok, so the track name Lipstick hasn't been 100% confirmed yet but judging by the picture and email just sent out on the official mailing list I would guess it is... unless they're doing a cover of Holly Valance's Kiss Kiss.
Jedward To Take Part in Irish Eurosong Competition
We have some really exciting news coming up- we are going to enter Eurosong this February! If we win it means we go on to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2011. How exciting. What's really great about this is, it means there will be new music out soon for you guys, our Jedicated fans!
And not just new music, but a brand new original song! Do you like this cool new picture of us- well; here's a hint. The name of the track is linked to it.
Don't worry, we will tell you when you can first hear it on the radio and we'll be tweeting lots about what we're up to- as always.
Guys- we are so excited about this. We are going to really need your support as it all comes down to a public vote. We can really show them what amazing fans we have!
We will be in touch really soon with news. But if you need a Jed-fix in the meantime, our limited edition Jedward fan packs are almost gone. Grab your now before they sell out- click here to buy.
Look forward to seeing some of you real soon.
Stay cool guys- peace out x
|Posted on January 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM|| |
Sara Lee, PR for Jedward, has spoken on her Twitter about Lipstick. She describes it as 'genius' and says she can't say too much but it's 'quite like a Britney track.'
Can February 11th hurry up?
|Posted on January 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM|
So, Jedward's Eurovision song was originally written for a female, it's a fun pop song and it suits their vocals- Listen to Caroline Downey- Desmond talk Jedward and Eurovision below:
|Posted on January 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM|
Eurovision Ireland on Facebook have revealed that John and Edward will be the second act to perform on Eurosong out of the five:
'We here at Eurovision Ireland have learned that Jedward will perform in the Irish Final in the unlucky number 2 position and that Nikki Kavanagh will perform in the number 5 position - from which the last 2 years entries have won the honor to represent Ireland at Eurovision. Will it be 3 in a row?'
No, it won't. Come on Jedward!
|Posted on January 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM|
Wacky pop twins Jedward have just finished recording the Eurovision track which Linda Martin reckons could win them the contest, the Irish Sun can reveal.
John and Edward, 19, spent yesterday cooped up in a top secret London Studio putting down lyrics to the song called Lipstick.
The Lucan lads will perform it for the first time on Eurosong on The Late Late Show in February where they'll go up against four other acts.
They must get the most votes from the public and a panel of judges to make it through to the Eurovision contest in Dusseldorf, Germay, in May.
And Linda, 57, who won the competition with her song Why Me in 1992, reckons Jedward are 'a cert' to sail through the Irish rounds of the competition.
The Panto queen, who has just finished starring in Cinderella with the lads in Dublin's Olympia, said: "I think they are going to walk Eurosong here. They will get to Dusseldorf but the thing about Eurovision is that you never know what they are looking for over there. You just can never tell what sort of an act or song they are looking for in any particular year. I love those boys to bits. I'm protective of them as if they were my own and I think they are fantastic role models for teenagers all over Europe. I hope they go all the way."
And it seems the Grimes boys are also confident they're on to a winner. An insider revealed: "John and Edward are beyond excited about this new song. It's their favourite to date. They really do think that it can get them all the way to the Eurovision finals in Dusseldorf this year."
And last week, John told of their excitement, gushing: "It's going to be a smash. Things were big for us last year, but we want 2011 to be even bigger. We want world domination and for people all over to know who we are. Our new song is the kind of song that can get you that- it's like the next step for us. We need everyone to vote for us in Eurosong so that we can get over to Eurovision."
Thousands of Jedicated fans have already joined internet campaigns to see them represent Ireland for 2011.
And even their followers from the UK have enquired about whether they can vote for them on The Late Late Show.
|Posted on January 20, 2011 at 6:19 AM|
Taken from the Herald:
Jedward have turned to choreographer to the stars Louie Spence and are appearing in his latest reality show.
John and Edward Grimes are being put through their paces by the dance maestro- in the run up to the Eurovision song contest preliminary round.
It's understood that Louie Spence is helping them polish off their dance routines after it was revealed that the duo are being lined up as a potential Eurovision act.
The flamboyant TV personality is the star of the Sky One documentary series Pineapple Dance Studios and has worked with popstars Kylie, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams and Dannii Minogue.
The straight-talking dance expert also appeared on E4's Big Brother's Big Mouth and completed his second series as a judge on Sky One's Cirque de Celebrite.
He came on board after the X Factor stars were named on the shortlist for the Irish Eurovision entry.
The eccentric twins travelled to London to record their Eurovision song, penned by the team behind chart-toppers JLS.
Jedward said: "The song is an ultimate anthem that everybody's going to be dancing to. It's an amazing song. We're huge Eurovision fans and we watch every single year."
The pop stars are set to compete against four other acts in a Late Late Show special on February 11 for the right to represent Ireland in the 2011 contest.
"We have a great uptempo song that everyone will love and we already have loads of fans in Europe," Jedward said.
"We want to win the Eurovision and for Jedward to go global. We want world domination."
The twins (19) said that they were looking forward to the live show.
"We really, really want to represent Ireland at Eurovision and we'll do our best," they said.
"We need everyone to vote for us in Eurosong to make sure we get to the Eurovision."
The twins, who have a strong teenage vote behind them, still have to compete with the other acts in Eurosong for the chance to represent Ireland in the competition.
The twins are to star in another pantomime at the Olympia in Dublin next Christmas, following the success of Cinderella. The pair sold a staggering 42,000 tickets and pocketed more than €100,000 for their role and the show has generated more than €1m in sales.
Jedward- Lipstick for men
|Posted on January 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM|
The rumour has been going around for ages but now it seems to be confirmed- John and Edward's Eurovision song is called Lipstick!
|Posted on January 18, 2011 at 7:38 AM|
The songwriting team behind chart-topping band JLS has written a Eurovision song contest entry for the Jedward twins.
The Grimes brothers, John and Edward, travelled to London yesterday to record their song with UK-based songwriters and producers, Dan Priddy, Lars Gensen, and Martin Larsson, who have penned a string of hits for JLS.
Jedward will compete against four other acts in a 'Late Late Show' special on February 11 for the right to represent Ireland in the 2011 Eurovision song contest.
MCD director Caroline Downey Desmond, who is mentoring the 'X-Factor' finalists in their bid for Eurovision glory, has pleaded with the public not to prejudge the song.
"We realise that for as many people who love Jedward, there are those who dislike them. So I'm asking people to tune in on the night and judge Jedward simply on their song and whether they can deliver it. If people keep that in mind, the best song will win," said Mrs Downey Desmond.
The twins's Eurovision bid came about after Mrs Downey Desmond was approached to be a mentor in their RTE 'Eurosong' competition.
Mrs Downey Desmond's long friendship with Jedward's manager Louis Walsh resulted in her taking on his act.
All five 'Eurosong' acts are being filmed for a TV documentary with RTE cameras covering Jedward's recording session yesterday.
|Posted on January 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM|
A Eurovision article taken from the Irish Mirror:
Ireland's favourite double act yesterday pleaded with fans to get behind them once again as they battle to represent us in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Jedward twins, aged 19, said: "We hope our fans are going to support us."
Edward added: "It's such a cool competition and we would love to represent Ireland in the Eurovision. We have watched the contest every year and we would love to be in it. We know that Jedward can do this."
With their song already picked, Jedward will perform it for the first time for the nation on February 11 and are adamant people are going to love it.
Edward explained: "We had so many songs to choose from but in the end Louis Walsh picked one for us. We are really looking forward to performing it. We think that it will represent Ireland really well. It's a club anthem and no matter what we think it's going to be a big hit." The energetic twosome said the audience are in for a treat as they take to the stage in their usual hyperactive fashion.
Edward added: "People want to see performers having fun on stage and that's what we are going to do. We even have a new dance."
The boys are also recording four new songs for their newest album and touring around Ireland.
Edward said: "We are in the middle of recording four songs now, which will be released in March or April this year. At the minute we are getting ready to play around Ireland. We are performing in a few venues like the INEC in Killarney. We love playing there, it's always sold out."
The duo revealed it will take one hell of a girl to take Jedward off the market. Speaking at the launch of their upcoming gig in Killarney's INEC on January 29, Edward said: "We are still single at the minute. We need to find the ultimate girl before we get into a relationship."
Jedward's Eurovision Hope Posted on January 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM From The Sun: JEDWARD will finally get the chance to take on their music contemporaries by representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.The Grimes twins will unleash their unique sound at the ceremony in Dusseldorf in May, if they get through the nominations process. The German city won't have witnessed carnage on that scale since JIMMY NAIL's character Oz bashed up various locals in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. As well as introducing themselves to a whole new baffled audience, John and Edward will also top up their ever-expanding bank balance. They've also signed a lucrative deal to make a documentary about their involvement with the annual campfest. After buying JACKO's bedsheets last year the boys will be dangerous with all that cash at their disposal.
Jedward's Eurovision Hope
Posted on January 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM
From The Sun:
JEDWARD will finally get the chance to take on their music contemporaries by representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.The Grimes twins will unleash their unique sound at the ceremony in Dusseldorf in May, if they get through the nominations process.
The German city won't have witnessed carnage on that scale since JIMMY NAIL's character Oz bashed up various locals in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
As well as introducing themselves to a whole new baffled audience, John and Edward will also top up their ever-expanding bank balance.
They've also signed a lucrative deal to make a documentary about their involvement with the annual campfest.
After buying JACKO's bedsheets last year the boys will be dangerous with all that cash at their disposal.
Jedward confirmed for Eurovision shortlist
Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM
John and Edward have been confirmed for the Irish Eurovision shortlist!
Jedward will compete with Nikki Kavanagh, The Vard Sisters, Don Mescall and a new EMI quartet in Eurosong and the right to represent Ireland in Dusseldorf later this year.
The five acts will be trained by music industry professionals before performing on The Late Late Show. The winner will be selected by a combination of judges and televoting.
Jedward: We have a vision
|Posted on January 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM|
X Factor sensations Jedward are shooting a documentary about their bid to land a place in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The hair-raising twins started filming the RTE programme yesterday as it follows their efforts to make it to the contest in Germany.
John and Edward spent the day in front of the cameras as they met with their Eurovision mentor, Caroline Desmond of MCD promoters.
Said an insider: "Their manager Louis Walsh found some great songs for them and they think they've found a real winner."
The documentary will go out on RTE later this year.
The twins believe they can win the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf on May 14th.
"We're going to win it for Ireland," Said John. "We're actually serious."
However, the twins must first face the Late Late Show's Eurosong on February 11th.
Niamh Kavanagh's 23rd place out of 25 last year means the Eurosong winner will have to take on the semis on May 10 and 12 before the big final.
Source: Irish Star
Euro Euro Eurovision
|Posted on December 14, 2010 at 6:06 AM|
Apparently John and Edward have 'confirmed' Eurovision. Speaking to Digital Spy they said:
"Right now, our main focus is on Eurovision. Yes, the UK needs to pick a good act this year because we're going to win it for Ireland," said John. "We're actually serious. We're in talks."
Edward added: "We're going to go worldwide. It's huge, Eurovision."
Will they really go for it? Will they win? What do we think?
Jedward for Eurovision? Again. Again.
|Posted on December 9, 2010 at 4:37 AM|
Something tells me we're going to have a lot of these stories coming up. May eventually change the title of the post. Anyway...
Caroline Downey-Desmond is working with Jedward. Yes the rumours are true. At the moment she is working on finding the right song for the famous "X Factor" stars and their manager Louis Walsh is also behind the project and working on the song selection. There are some established songwriters in the frame here and expect the publicity machine to go into full tilt before the selection.
Source: All Kinds of Everything
Jedward for Eurovision? Again
|Posted on December 2, 2010 at 1:41 PM|
You may remember our post about this a week or so ago.. well now there's more news that Jedward may be entering the Eurovision song contest! According to the Herald.ie John and Edward are definitely going for it:
JEDWARD are bracing themselves for Eurovision glory.
The Herald can exclusively reveal that the former X Factor stars will be competing to set the Eurovision stage alight next year.
Five Irish acts will battle it out to represent their home country at the 2011 competition and an X Factor-style competition is being created for the finalists to come head to head.
The five acts being put forward will be assigned five high-profile mentors, one of which is one half of Ireland's most powerful music couple, Caroline Downey of MCD.
The acts will then appear on the Late Late Show where they will sing for the public vote.
However, the new format isn't completely foreign to that of previous years.
There will still be a provincial jury for each team and the winner will be chosen by 50pc of the public vote and 50pc of the jury's.
An insider explained: "It's all being kept very hush hush right now, but Jedward are definitely going for it, and a real threat to win. Louis Walsh was very involved with Eurovision up until a few years ago, so I'm sure he'd be happy to see them represent Ireland.
"I'm sure the juries won't vote for them, but the public will definitely be pulling for them. All the kids watching the Late Late Show that night will be."
The Lucan twins' manager Louis Walsh has a long standing history in the competition and the Mayo mogul is said to have given them the extra push they needed to give it a shot.
Earlier this year, he branded our entry Niamh Kavanagh's song as "old fashioned" and said the boys would have a better shot of taking home gold.
"I'm sure Jedward could win it, they certainly have the attitude.
"They're as good as the girl who won on the night."
The twins' career has gone from strength to strength since making their debut on the X Factor last year.
Although they may have lost out on a place in the final, they are more successful that winner Joe McElderry.
And they are now set to expand their brand to Japan.
"They are going to be huge over there," Walsh said.
"Bosses think Jedward are going to be one of the biggest pop sensations ever.
"The fans there will go crazy. They are going global."
The Lucan twins are now in line for multimillion euro earnings with concerts, record sales and marketing deals and are appearing in panto next month.
Jedward for Eurovision?
|Posted on November 24, 2010 at 9:23 AM|
This article suggests it's at least been thought about:
'It's funny how things go," says Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark's Andy McCluskey, reflecting on the reunited band's successful recent tour. "You're sitting in a hotel bar, luxuriating in the fact that you're still able to go out and make intellectual pop music, and Louis Walsh comes along and says, 'Please will you write me a Eurovision hit for Jedward?'" One of McCluskey's eyebrows shoots north; he relishes a good anecdote. "That really happened to me yesterday."