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Jedward: ‘We always wanted to do more, to get more, to become something’

Jedward are most definitely not ‘empty vessels for Louis Walsh’s pop fantasies’, writes a converted Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Published 09/05/2011 | 12:43

SINGLES ON THE DOUBLE: Both the Jedward singers, John and Edward Grimes, get to know Dusseldorf ahead of this week's Eurovision Song Contest, claim neither has enjoyed 'a proper,
mature relationship with any girl'. However, Edward admits to liking Taylor Swift, saying the singer is 'not like loads of girls, going
SINGLES ON THE DOUBLE: Both the Jedward singers, John and Edward Grimes, get to know Dusseldorf ahead of this week's Eurovision Song Contest, claim neither has enjoyed 'a proper, mature relationship with any girl'. However, Edward admits to liking Taylor Swift, saying the singer is 'not like loads of girls, going "look at me, I'm sexy".' Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Nothing I say fazes John and Edward Grimes, aka, Jedward. Not even when I joke, "Let’s face it, guys with hairstyles like yours must be gay!" and then ask, "So, tell me now which one of you will be ‘coming out’ in a year or three?"

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Or ask, more seriously, what they were thinking last September while carrying the coffin of their grandfather who always encouraged them to follow their dream. That’s why, so often during this interview — set up by Jedward’s manager Louis Walsh, who says he hopes it will be “their first really indepth interview!” — I nearly tell them, “Fair play to you guys,” whereas a few weeks ago on my Facebook page, I stupidly dismissed them, as I imagine many still do, as “empty vessels for Louis’s pop fantasies”. Boy, did I get that wrong.

I also seem to have gotten wrong the story that John and Edward, who were born in Dublin in 1991, come from a broken home and that their parents had parted. But Edward, who takes to the relatively serious nature of this interview like a proverbial bat out of hell, soon straightens me out on that one. He also turns out to be the more forthright and forceful of the twins during this exchange, though that may be simply because John sprained his ankle four days earlier, has been confined to performing in a wheelchair and his voice is strained. Highlighting the symbiotic nature of their relationship, it seems that Edward is trying harder to deliver in order to compensate for John’s sense of restraint.

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