If you’ve only just caught up with Jedward recently because of their consistently on point political tweets, or if you’ve only just discovered them, here’s a reminder that they make damned fine music as well. Not content to just sit back and let their incredible 2019 fourth album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ (all 22 songs of which they wrote and produced) do the work, John has over the past few years also released a series of acoustic guitar covers, showcasing his own musical and vocal talents outside of Jedward.
The Eurovision Song Contest today announced that from next year there will be an “American Song Contest”, with similar format, but including contestants from all 50 states of the USA. Jedward, no slouches when it comes to both Eurovision AND America, today tweeted that not only would they enjoy hosting the show, but they would also like to write the winning song.
Lockdown seems to be agreeing with Jedward, who are using the period to stimulate their creativity while they are in isolation in Los Angeles. For the second time this week, John has released a video of himself singing and playing guitar, and also for the second time, it’s a song by a former One Direction member – this time ‘Falling’, by Harry Styles, which was released earlier this year.
Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. That’s what it felt like yesterday when William Shatner, best known among his many roles as Captain Kirk, in the Original Series of Star Trek – came to the aid of Jedward, whose verified Twitter account @planetjedward, which they’d had since 2009, has been suspended since mid October.
Here at Essentially Pop we don’t do a lot of tooting our own trumpets, rather we just get on with it, writing about all your faves and highlighting a lot of artists that you might never have otherwise come across. But from time to time, something amazing happens that makes us really very very proud, and today is the occasion of one of those things.
First in our ‘2018 Year Of The Woman’ feature is Suparatana Neung Bencharongkul, also known as Nina Bench. Nina is from Bangkok, Thailand, and is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Rakbankerd Co Ltd, a subsidiary of the Benchachinda Group. She is an agricultural technology pioneer inher country, and leads a team of agriculture specialists who conduct tests, collate and analyse samples, and compile reports about the many different factors affecting agricultural production.