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John and Edward Grimes, X Factor's most controversial contestants ever

Updated on May 22, 2014

X Factor 2009

X Factor has been back on British television screens for quite a while now. As an annual singing competition it is not dissimilar to American Idol. However the contestants on X Factor are sorted into four groups which each has a mentor. The contest is not just looking for a great vocalist or band but someone or some group that has that extra something special, The X Factor.

We are now into Week Four of the live shows and the final 12 acts have already been whittled down to the last 9. Tonight's results show will see a further act be sent home.

Perhaps the most controversial act X Factor has ever seen is the twins John and Edward who are still in the competition.

Nicknamed JEDWARD this act has had more press, good and bad, than any other X Factor finalists. So just who, what and why are Jedward?

The start of John and Edward's X Factor journey

The judges come mentors, Louis Walsh, Danni Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell
The judges come mentors, Louis Walsh, Danni Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell
The twins upset their fellow contestants as they sing over their song parts.
The twins upset their fellow contestants as they sing over their song parts.
Week one of the live shows and The Twins go black and white
Week one of the live shows and The Twins go black and white

X Factor Winner 2006

John and Edward Grimes

John and Edward are a couple of Irish guys who are aged just 17. Love them or loathe them it is hard to ignore them in the UK, right now.

From their first appearance on X Factor they seemed to divide public opinion. At first they looked like refugees from the Village of the Damned and seemed totally obnoxious.

Simon said at the start that they were annoying but was he airing his true feelings?

If the current press stories are to be believed he was not. Recent reports claim that both Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell saw potential in the twins and decided to manipulate the press and voting public. If this is true they have done sterling work.

Even myself writing this hub is adding to their publicity. Now this not something which I really want to do because personally I think that they are a waste of space. However, I am not a giggly teenager, by any stretch of the imagination.

At the audition stage three acts were teamed up to perform together. Jedward managed to sing over the other two acts that were unfortunate enough to be grouped with them. For me this started my dislike of them.

Since then we have been told over and over again that they are really nice guys, only young and the twins seem to have attempted to be likable.

However it is not a personality contest but intrinsically a Singing Contest. So let's put the record straight the twins cannot sing. One is lightly worse than the other but neither can really sing.

Can they perform?

Well up to now they have given some eye catching performances. Dressed up and performing in what appears to be a mini Jedward show they do alright.

Nothing wrong with having some support. Other acts have backing singers and dancers. Jedward though have an ensemble of support artists.

Their image of course is something that will appeal to some of those that vote each week.

In order to assess Jedward properly I would like to see them, hair flattened down, standing alone in front of two microphones attempting to belt out a song, without any support artists. This will not happen.

Currently Simon Cowell has stated that he will leave the country if the Twins win. This also guarantees that the public will vote for Jedward.

Interestingly the betting odds on Jedward winning were initially 150/1 and have dropped to something like 8/1. Obviously some people stand to make pots of money if they win.

Tonight's, Sunday 1st November 2009, X Factor result show will be aired at 8pm on ITV. Jedward are surely on their way home?

No I doubt it.

With great singers falling by the wayside each week it looks as if the UK could have a Christmas number one by Jedward.

One thing is for sure, if they win, their success will be short lived.

UPDATE-Sunday 1st November 2009

Well Jedward have survived for another week whilst excellent vocalist Rachel has gone home. How long will they survive?

Not much longer I hope.

X Factor 2009 Winner

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    • Shadow-Kissed profile image


      9 years ago from Horsham

      i feel sorry for anyone who got kicked out before they did! they are just the worst i really dislike them! soo annoying... and they better be kicked out this weekend or i'll make all the phone calls myself LOL ;]

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I know what you mean willthisonedo. I bet this weekend's show will have more viewers than ever though :)

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks very much. My apologies for posting the link - I wasn't aware that it wasn't allowed. I think Cowell is manipulating the show, yes, but to be honest he always has been and I can't imagine Jedward will line his pockets so well as an act who can actually sing and thus have more longevity as a popstar. Jedward are only funny - indeed only acceptable at all -because of their extreme youth. A pair of 25 year old twins singing Britney Spears that badly wouldn't go down so well I don't think!

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      Salsa Dancing 

      9 years ago

      Simon Cowell just enjoys breaking people down. However I have to agree somewhat in that their singing abilities were not terrific. But they had personality and very good crowd awareness and control. SInce everyone on stage lipsynch's anyway, perhaps these fellas can do some excellent life performaces.. :P

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Well as an attempt at fair play I will find your hub and link it to this one.

      As for Jedward?

      I think Mr Cowell is manipulating the show and the paying voters nicely for his own ends.

      Thanks for dropping by though willthis onedo

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ethel – what sumptuous hubs you make! I"m afraid that I cannot agree with you and Waynet on Jedward though: to me they are the redeeming feature of the entire show! I couldn't believe they almost went out last night – I wrote a quick hub about it shortly afterwards to help process the shock!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I know Wayne. I quite like Ollie but on the whole everybody is better than Jedward

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I absolutely hate this pair of no talent wannabes, they can't sing compared to the rest in the competition, the songs that they have been given to sing have been cheesy and not up to scratch. I like Stacy solomon as she is funny when she is being interviewed and sounds almost like a Catherine Tate character and plus she can sing, but then those who can sing the best are being knocked out of the running so who knows?


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