It’s hard to believe but today marks nine whole years since John and Edward Grimes, twins from Dublin, walked onto the stage at X Factor in Glasgow. Looking every bit like the superstars they are, they asked the audience if they were ready to party. Nine years along, the party is very definitely still happening.
Nine years is a long time in entertainment but John and Edward, or as they’ve come to be known, Jedward, are in it for the long haul. With fans who’ve been with them right from the start, and many who’ve joined along the way, the twins from Dublin have shown that success is about staying power as much as anything else. There’s no denying their talent – John and Edward went out on their own back in 2013, and released their first self-written and independently produced single, ‘Free Spirit’, the following year. They’ve followed this up with a further 8 singles, and are currently in the final stages of production for their fourth album.
We’ve written in previous years about their appearances in the Sharknado franchise, as well as their reality TV performances, most recently the MTV programme, ‘Single AF‘, which began its broadcast last autumn in 63 countries around the world. Jedward continue to be household names, and are set to appear in ‘Celebrity Coach Trip’, later this year on E4. Recording in Los Angeles has meant that John and Edward haven’t been in Europe much, but they’ve still performed in Edinburgh for St Patrick’s Day, back in March, and fans can see them on October 1, when they will be singing as part of Cardiff Freshers Week. Further details are available here.