Monday 19 March 2018

Meet the artist formerly known as Jedward - we're just John and Edward now

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

IT is the iconic name that helped turn them from an X Factor joke into a worldwide band -- but Jedward are no more.

However fans of the madcap twins shouldn't panic, John and Edward Grimes are not splitting up.

They just want a name change that will help them hit a more serious market.

The duo will soon be billed as 'John and Edward Grimes-Jedward' in what their management call a "metamorphosis" as they develop from teenage popstars into mature artists.

Fans are in for an even bigger shock though as the boys seek to overhaul their act.

John will be strumming a guitar, rather than jumping around, at their two shows in Cork and Limerick this tonight and tomorrow.

Covers like Ghostbusters are being dropped from the playlist to be replaced by a new set of ballads including a cover of Westlife's hit Home, in what some see as an attempt to target the former boyband's audience.

Key to the changes is that the twins turn 22 this October.

"To quote Louis Walsh all that jumping around was starting to look stupid," said one insider.

Sources say Edward could decide to join John playing guitar with the prospect of the Jedward twins turning Ireland's own version of The Everly Brothers.

"Jedward remain massively popular around the world. They have never been fashionable but what they have always had is a loyal fan base with 750,000 followers on Twitter who want to stay with them," said a management source.

Proof of that comes with Jedward returning to the UK this September for a series of live shows.

It will be interesting to see how fans react to new covers including Hero by Enrique Iglesias, Plain White T's hit Hey There Delilah and the Ed Sheeran- penned One Direction number 1 Little Things.

The twins will also tour Australia this November, performing to a growing numbers of expats in the southern hemisphere.

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