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Jedward hit the road -- followed by a convoy of girl fans in cars

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

Published 10/04/2010 | 05:00

The two boys with their
customised guitars backstage
The two boys with their customised guitars backstage
Jedward clown around at DCU to promote the SPAR Great Ireland Run which will be held in the Phoenix Park on April 18. The twins will run the race on behalf of the 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) charity
Jedward fans Suil Disdall (13), from Portobello, in Dublin, with Juliette Barrett (14), from Rathmines, Dublin, at the gig in the Helix

THEY have been criticised for their atrocious singing and lack of musical talent.

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But John and Edward Grimes are actually well able to knock out a few tunes on the guitar.

Between playing two shows in Dublin's Helix Theatre yesterday, the Jedward duo were busking backstage for their backing dancers.

"John has been playing guitar since he was really young, I'm just catching up now. People get really surprised when they find out we can play but we've been into music all our lives," said Edward.

Their matching tricolour guitars were designed by a Scottish guitar maker and could well be used on this sell-out tour.

But the 18-year-olds admit they have no plans to ditch manager Louis Walsh and become "serious musicians" anytime soon.

Neither should they, based on the success of their current 27-date Irish tour which has sold approximately 37,000 tickets.

A convoy of huge trucks and coaches is needed to take the show on the road -- but also travelling alongside them on every date are hundreds of fans.

"We have cars of girls following us up the motorway. There's always this woman who drives a big van.

"All sorts of people from England, Malta and even the US. They are literally doing every date on the tour with us from town to town. It must be costing them thousands," said Edward.

The fans, not just teenage girls but many who are joined by their mothers, have gone as far as to book into the same hotel as the brothers in an attempt to spend time with them after shows.

The result is that John has now lost his voice, having talked himself hoarse to fans.

Both brothers admit that life on the road can be quite challenging, as they don't drink.

Fans

"We were in Limerick the other night and we went out for some fruit," said John.

"Luckily Dunnes Stores was open but it was pandemonium with the fans when we got there. The whole shop seemed to come alive.

"The fruit was great too," he added.

Before their shows in The Helix yesterday, John and Edward posed for the cameras to publicise the Spar Great Ireland Run which takes place at the Phoenix Park, in Dublin, on next Sunday (April 18).

Before finding pop fame on 'X Factor' they were keen amateur runners and members of Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club.

Jedward's Irish tour moves on to Derry today, and then Belfast tomorrow night.

Irish Independent

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