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John and Edward Grimes are the identical twins known more commonly as Jedward. They became a cultural phenomenon after first appearing on series six of The X Factor in 2009. A singing and TV-presenting duo from Dublin in Ireland, their appearance generated an incredible wave of popularity, often referred to in the media as the Jedward Paradox. Today they are managed by their X Factor mentor, Louis Walsh, and their popularity has continued to scale new heights, particularly amongst their younger fans.
Jedward have released three albums. Their first was Planet Jedward, which went double-platinum in Ireland, as did their second release, Victory. Their third release was Young Love, and they have released nine charting singles, including the famous Under Pressure mash-up, Lipstick and Waterline. The last two songs were used to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2012. Under Pressure, their debut single, reached No. 1 in the Irish singles charts, and achieved second position in the UK singles charts. They originally signed with Sony for one single release and then signed up with Universal Music Ireland for a three-album contract.
Their first tour was in 2010 and comprised 27 dates in Ireland. It was called the Planet Jedward Tour. It was incredibly popular and rapidly extended to include 43 dates across Ireland and the UK. The Irish media were positive about the tour and the Irish Independent compared Jedward-mania to Beatle-mania. The brothers also appeared at T4 at the Beach in the same year. Also in 2010, Jedward released a cover of All the Small Things, which went to number 21 in the Irish charts, and number six in the UK indie charts. They represented Ireland in the Eurovision song contests for 2011 and 2012. In 2011, they had a second tour, named the Bad Behaviour tour, which played across Ireland and a European tour which took in Germany and Sweden. Jedward have since played in Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Singapore and Australia.
They have also won and have been nominated for a range of entertainment awards. Jedward won the silver award for the best single promotion at the Sony Radio Awards in 2011, as well as the Marcel Bezencon Artistic Award in the same year for their Eurovision song contest appearance. In 2012, they won the Best Online PR campaign at the Bord Gais Energy Social Media Awards.