The Jedward fever is heading down under.
“We’re in our house right now and everyone is asleep, even the dog is asleep it’s, like, dark” says Edward Grimes who, with his identical twin brother John, make up the pop group duo, Jedward. I can’t blame them, after all it is at 12:30 am in Dublin, Ireland, when they answer my call.
If you’re not a reality TV fan, you might not have heard of Jedward, the colourful brothers who shot to fame in 2009 after their appearance on the 6th season of The X Factor UK. The next year, they scored a contract with Sony Music and released their debut single Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby), a mash-up of Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie and Vanilla Ice’s, Ice, Ice Baby. The song reached number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart and number 2 on the UK singles chart.
The boys released their second single – a cover of Blink-182’s All the Small Things, in 2010. In 2011, they released Lipstick, which was Ireland’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, and scored them eighth place (out of the 25). The music video shows the boys running all over Paris like two hyper kids who’ve just indulged in a sugar binge. But really, this could be them any day of the week. The brothers were exactly what I expected – crazy!
Here Jedward talk about girls, haters and their upcoming Aussie tour.
Macleay: Happy Birthday for the 16th October.
John – Thank you so much Zac, it’s so cool that we’re 22, Taylor Swift wrote that song 22 and now we can officially sing and rock out to the lyric “I feel 22″.
Edward – It was really weird too, because all our fans kept giving us birthday cakes. I think we got like six birthday cakes.
Macleay: So you’re coming to Australia in November. That’s exciting. What can we expect from your tour?
John – You can expect a lot of Jedward! We’re going to go all the way from Ireland to Australia and perform a lot of songs. We’re on stage for over two hours so you can expect loads of costume changes. There’ll be some slow songs, pop and rock songs, dance songs a bit of everything really. We have like four acoustic songs, which everyone could sing along to as well.
Edward – Also, when we come on stage there is going to be a high level of energy, it’s gonna be really spontaneous.
Macleay: Why come to Australia now?
Edward – We always wanted to go to Australia, we always wanted to go to another country. There is only so much you can do in one country, like, we’ve toured everywhere in the UK and Ireland so it’s really good tour a new place.
Macleay: You’re going to be visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Why those states?
John – We’d already been to Sydney twice and we knew Perth was on the other side.
Edward – I wanted to go to Brisbane but we couldn’t go everywhere, we’ll go everywhere next time. We wanna say hi to everybody.
Macleay: What do you think of Sydney?
Edward – Well, the first time we came fans tweeted a lot about us and we were on [morning TV shows] Sunrise and Mornings and we were in magazines and newspapers. The second time was a lot more organised. And this time all the fans that tweet us saying “Come to Australia, come to Australia!”, are now happy we are finally doing a proper tour. Some Australian fans travel over to Ireland to see us.
Macleay: What are your travel essentials?
John and Edward – All our clothes, skinny jeans, ties, crazy outfits. We also bring a lot of “in-disguise” outfits in case we want to go out of the hotel.We wear baggy trousers and hoodies.
Edward – We usually pack our own hair dryer too, because the hotel ones aren’t good at all.
Macleay: Is it hard to leave your family and friends when you go on a tour?
John – I think we’re okay because we’re together and so it’s not like we are alone.
Edward – It’s really cool having each other and doing everything together and being on stage together. The fans sometimes buy tickets to see John on one side of the stage and myself on the other side – it’s really, really cool.
Macleay: Have there been any major disasters during a live performance?
John – No, it always goes really well, even when someone falls. Like, a little while ago Edward fell and hurt his leg but he’s okay now because it was three years ago, HAHA. It’s interesting as well ‘cos sometimes you’re on stage and your pants fall down and you just have to make it a memorable moment in the show, which the fans will remember.
Macleay: Who are your favourite Australian music artists?
John and Edward – The Veronicas. They are really cool, we met them in London. They are really nice and it was really weird because we’re twins and they’re twins. Dannii Minogue as well. The last time we were in Australia we met up with her.
Macleay: Do you guys have a favourite boy band? Are you “Directioners”?
Edward – No! N’Sync for sure, cause we used to sing Bye Bye Bye.
John – We’re really big fans of Justin Timberlake as well. He is like a Michael Jackson-sized icon now.
Macleay: How important is your “Jedward” image to you?
John – It’s cool to look cool, but we don’t have stylists and a huge entourage, we do it all ourselves, like we did before we were famous.
Macleay: If you changed your image do you think the fans would continue to support you?
John – Yeah, I know we have the spikey hair but all our fans know we can do different hair styles – we wear it flat sometimes. Edward and I are always recognised no matter what we look like, even if we go in disguise everyone’s like, “Woah it’s Jedward, woah what’s up?” Our fans like change, they don’t want one image. It’s good to change it up here and there.
Macleay: Do you ever wish X Factor and fame had never happened?
Edward – We make it really normal. We don’t get caught up in the whole thing it’s cool, ‘cos fans just want to come and support you so that you can get pictures and meet them and tweet and encourage them to do better so it’s good that we’re leaders.
John – Fans are always sending letters, we have so much fan mail. We have a fan mail address but fans know our home address so we get loads of stuff. We get like two big boxes of stuff every day and we actually go through it so we’re excited to come to Australia and we cant wait to see the Aussie fans.
Macleay: How do you guys deal with the haters – every celebrity has them?
John – It’s like eating food, some people like different foods… it’s the same with music, people like different music. And haters, you know, if they don’t like you they hate on you and you just keep doing your thing, you do what you wanna do for the fans you actually have. Eventually most of the haters go “you know what, I actually really like you”. You have to realise that, online, there are so many rude people and you can’t take anything personally, don’t think about it too much and just don’t let it get you down.
Macleay: Because you’re twins, do you see eye to eye on everything?
Edward – We do, we always have different ideas and stuff but we always meet halfway and then we’ll pick the best idea, what ever it is – music, writing songs, the direction the song is gonna go, we always compromise. With clothes too.
Macleay: So does that mean you have the same taste in girls?
John – Not the same taste, no. We ARE twins and we do sort of go for the same girls but we don’t actually have a taste in girls, like we don’t look for a particular girl’s looks, but a girl who owns herself and is confident and is sure of herself is always good. Someone who isn’t possessive and texting all the time would be good too, they have to be our best friend at the same time. But we aren’t picky.
Macleay: Lastly, what’s the future for Jedward music?
Edward – We’re always improving. We did pop and rock, and so we always change it up. It’s really cool for our fans and we are so excited to come to Australia and for the Aussie people to hear our new music. The next album will be very much like our first album and the fans will be able to relate to the songs because John and I wrote them ourselves. We can’t wait to come. – Zachary Pittas
Follow Jedward on Twitter: @PlanetJedward
Photos courtesy of Lionel Midford Publicity