Essential Covers: John Grimes – ‘Dancing On My Own’ (Calum Scott Cover)

Essential Covers

We’ve not done an Essential Cover for a while, but when we heard this one last night, we couldn’t let it slip by. Check out John Grimes from Jedward, with his cover of ‘Dancing On My Own’. Originally by Swedish singer Robyn, John’s version is essentially a cover of a cover by Calum Scott.


John’s version, played on his Gibson guitar, hasn’t been edited or autotuned in any way – in a comment on the video on YouTube he said he just recorded using the mic from the camera, and uploaded it straight from there. It’s a heartfelt and emotional rendering of the song and we challenge you not to have a tear in your eye by the end of it. We love John’s tender and stirring voice, and can hear his hurt and sadness throughout. In a word, it’s beautiful.

Calum Scott - Dancing On My Own (Jedward Cover)

John and Edward celebrated their 25th birthday last Sunday, and commemorated the event with a concert at the O2 Academy Islington, London. It was a sell out show, with highlights including this song, and their newest release, ‘Hologram’.

Jedward - Hologram

John has said he’ll upload covers on a more regular basis – we’re certainly looking forward to hearing them!

You can find further information about Jedward on their official website, Twitter, Facebook, InstagramYouTube and VEVO. Check out their snapchat as well JedwardTV. You can download ‘Hologram’ from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play Store, and HMV Digital. Streaming is available from Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music. The video is also available to download from iTunes.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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