Jedward fans live the dream after hard day's night
Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00
IT turned into the biggest sleepover in Ireland.
Hundreds of Jedward fans bedded down in Dundrum shopping centre on Thursday night ahead of a signing session by the pop twins.
Due to appear in HMV at 10am yesterday, fans began turning up a full 24 hours in advance in the hope of securing the sought-after wristbands which would allow them access to the event.
Climbing into their sleeping bags, the 'Jedheads' sang through the night with the odd one dropping off for 40 winks. It was all worth it though when they finally met their heroes at a signing to promote their new album 'Victory'.
Last night a spokesman for the brothers said: "It's looking good for number one. By the end of today they'll have signed 2,500 CDs."
Top of the queue was little Jack Kinsella (5), from Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, with his own hair-raising tribute.
"Meeting Jedward is the biggest thrill for Jack. He's been into them since he was three watching 'X-Factor'. He does his hair the same way, and loves it when they have Jedward days in his school," his mother Lynette Kinsella said.
Hundreds more fans queued behind chanting "Jedward Jedward", including little Grace McDonald (11), from Firhouse, south Dublin, with the same blonde high-rise hair.
Earlier, John had revealed how some Irish record shops had turned down in-store appearances by Jedward.
"Some shops simply can't handle the big crowds we bring in. It terrifies them. We're bigger than Harry Potter. We have to do hand exercises for weeks beforehand so we'll be able to sign all the autographs," said the Lucan teenager.
However, HMV spokesman Paul McCarthy said they could cope with the chaos as it was about "helping fans get closer to the music they love".
That certainly happened as Jedward -- to the horror of their security team -- both decided to dangle over a balcony in HMV, driving devotees just feet below into a frenzy.
"We always have more make-up on our faces after the signing session than when we began but that's what 'meet & greets' are about," joked Edward.
With over 40,000 copies of new album 'Victory' shipped to Irish record shops, and the twins doing signing sessions across the country this weekend and into next week, the Jedward mania looks set to continue.
After their Dundrum appearance, it was off to the northside for another packed signing at the Heaton's store in Charlestown shopping centre, Finglas.