Sunday 28 May 2017

Oh yes they did: hundreds audition for Jedward panto

Jedward: hundreds of youngsters
queued for hours yesterday
for a chance to share centre
stage with the pop twins
Jedward: hundreds of youngsters queued for hours yesterday for a chance to share centre stage with the pop twins
Rebecca Carney (11), from Ballymun, in Dublin, jumps for joy at the prospect of starring alongside Jedward in the pantomime
A group of young girls practice their audition piece

Ken Sweeney and Edel O'Connell

HUNDREDS of youngsters queued for hours yesterday for a chance to share centre stage with pop twins Jedward.

More than 800 excited children began queuing in Dublin's docklands from 6am to audition for the twins' Christmas panto.

The production team behind the panto are searching for 100 talented kids to join the Grimes brothers and Linda Martin on stage at Dublin's Olympia theatre for a production of 'Jedward and the Beanstalk'.

The pop duo, who landed a record-breaking Irish Christmas pantomime fee last year, are set to earn an even bigger amount this year.

Last year the boys were paid €100,000 for starring in their take on 'Cinderella'.

"The twins will get an even bigger fee this year. Last year was the first time a pantomime sold out before it even began and our sales are already ahead of this time last year," said production manager Stuart O'Connor.

Excited kids and teenagers aged between seven and 18, some with a background in stage school and others just hoping to impress the judges, filed in to the Liffey Trust Studio to audition yesterday. A total of 140 hopefuls are being called back for a second round of auditions on Wednesday.

The panto will run from December 21 to January 8.

A Jedward spokesman said fans had been hoping the boys might make an appearance at the Dublin audition yesterday, but they were busy causing chaos in Estonia.

Estonian police had to close down a record shop signing by the twins after fears for fans' safety.

The 19-year-olds had been booked to make a public appearance at the Viru Shopping Centre in Tallinn, Estonia.

However, when an estimated 3,000 fans turned up at the signing, security was unable to cope.

"Some of the kids up the front were crushed and had to go to hospital but we're just so relieved to hear they weren't badly injured," John Grimes said.

Jedward flew out of Estonia last night en route to Frankfurt for more signings before travelling to the UK ahead of filming on their new BBC TV series 'Jedward's Guide to Britain'.

Irish Independent

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