Hundreds queue for chance to meet pop heroes
ONCE they were the ones queueing up and looking for autographs. But yesterday, the tables were turned as hundreds of teenagers waited for almost 12 hours to meet their hair-raising idols, Jedward.
There was chaos at Dundrum Shopping Centre in south Dublin when brothers John and Edward Grimes turned up at HMV for a CD signing.
While hundreds of teenagers outside chanted "let us in", inside a lucky 400 sang and waved posters as they awaited the 'X Factor' heroes.
Hiding out in the store's stockroom, despite a heavy day of promotion which started at 7am, Jedward were equally excited listening to their chanting fans.
"It's because we know what it's like to be the kids out there. The anticipation. We used to be like those kids but now we're the ones in back here waiting to come out. We had a look. The size of that crowd is crazy. It's Beatlemania -- but obviously with much better hair," said Edward.
Earlier this week, Irish singer Mundy recounted meeting Jedward at his own HMV signing and the brothers claimed they haven't forgotten either.
"Mundy was very nice. Really nice. At another signing we met The Priests. In fact we went to all the signings in HMV because it was after school," said John.
"And we didn't have anything else to do," added Edward.
With the shutters down outside, entry to yesterday's signing was limited to 400 fans who had turned up at 7:30am that morning and queued for wristbands. Eye-witnesses said the early morning queue was so long, it had stretched out of the shop towards the carparks.
However, at 4pm yesterday, as the PA cranked up their single 'Under Pressure (Ice, Ice Baby)' for the twentieth time, no one was complaining -- judging by the sound of hundreds of screaming teenagers they were escorted to the signing table by an army of security men.
First to meet them was Caroline Foy from Blackrock with her daughters Beth (8), Abigail (5) and Lilly (2) who has Down's Syndrome and is suffering from chronic lung disease.
"The boys couldn't have been nicer. They told Lilly she was gorgeous and her legs were going because she was so excited," said Mrs Foy.
More happy Jedward fans included mother Edel Ryan and her daughters Shannon (11) and Sarah (12) from Jedward's home patch of Lucan in West Dublin.
"We gave them a red rose for Valentine's day and either John or Edward kissed me. I'm not sure which it was but they were both very nice," said Shannon.
You can expect more scenes of Jedward mania around Ireland in April when the twins undertake an eight-day Irish tour. Last night they flew to Liverpool to join rehearsals for The X Factor Tour, which visits Dublin on March 31.