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In Jed we trust
Although it may seem like the unstoppable Grimes brothers do nothing more than make mischief, the not-so-terrible twosome are actually expert multi-taskers, balancing Eurovision hopes, charity work and TV shows with being co-presidents of Jedward Inc. With just weeks to go until Eurovision 2012, Celina Murphy hops aboard the John and Edward bandwagon.
Celina Murphy, 24 May 2012
I’m not the first to say this, and, come May 26, I certainly won’t be the last, but those Jedward boys are alright.
Think about it. They’ve given us our best Eurovision result in a decade, they’re among the highest-rated charity ambassadors in the country and they’re the only genuinely entertaining guests The Late Late Show has booked in months. What’s more, I’m not too proud to admit that I found their last album Victory totally charming.
Of course, liking them is one thing, tracking them down is quite another. On the day we’re supposed to speak, their record label has no idea where they are. Twitter soon gives the game away; they’re touring the Burren with Tara Reid, who has inexplicably become their mate after being forced to hang out with them in the Big Brother house.
Well, hey, at least they all had fun.
“We went to Glendalough first,” Edward pants, “and then we went to kiss the Blarney stone and then we went to the Burren, and it’s all like, limestone and stuff. We bought this big massive fossil thing for our garden in the Aillwee caves. It was huge, we had to get like three people to carry it…”
As well as giving Ms. Reid a grand tour of the Irish countryside, the Grimes boys accompanied her to a handful of premieres of her new movie American Pie: Reunion.
“I think when me and John turned up in Los Angeles, everyone was like, ‘Who are these guys?’, the directors, and all the cast. Then we came to Dublin and all the fans were waiting for ages and they had Jedward posters and I think it was like a ‘Wow’ moment, they understood the whole thing. The cast said that every single interviewer asked them about us.”
I’m not surprised. Since last we met, public opinion on the boys from Lucan has flipped dramatically. Far from being a spiky-headed national annoyance and source of countrywide cringing, John and Edward Grimes have assumed the role of unofficial cheerer-uppers of the nation. Only two years ago, the sight of the fresh-faced twins made bloods boil; now the Irish people have so much faith in these two 20-year-olds that they’ve started using them as mascots for all things fun and uncynical about Ireland. Obama’s in town? Send Jedward! The ISPCC needs a charity single? Send Jedward! Our dreams of regaining Eurovision glory are shot to shit? Send Jedward, and then send them some more!