Jedward are back in town

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

EUROVISION-bound twin popsters ‘Jedward’ - John and Edward Grimes - return to the University Concert Hall in April for another sell-out run of shows, with an extra date added for their “One Year On - You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” tour on Friday, April 15.

EUROVISION-bound twin popsters ‘Jedward’ - John and Edward Grimes - return to the University Concert Hall in April for another sell-out run of shows, with an extra date added for their “One Year On - You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” tour on Friday, April 15.

The duo, who return to the UCH almost a year after a sell-out series of shows at the venue that were described as “manic” or akin to the Beatles coming to town - in fan-mania terms at least - sold out 40 odd dates across the country, and with the Eurovision about to send their careers into the solar system, expect scenes of similar hysteria when they return to Limerick this month.

In fact, John and Edward boast strong links to Limerick, with grandparents Jim and Emily hailing from Clareview, as did dad John, while grand-uncle Vincent Feeney served as Mayor of the City in 1965/66.

“The last time we were in Limerick we were just normal guys; now we are John and Edward, and we can’t walk down the street without people recognising us, but before this, no-one would have known us,” Edward told City Life at the time.

“We are just normal, we are real normal guys,” added John.

The duo became a household name when appearing on the X-Factor two years ago, becoming instantly recognisable for their trademark blond quiffs and frantic, sugar-rush antics, and have, in fairness, gone on to carve out a successful niche for themselves in the UK and Ireland since the show, largely thanks to canny manager and pop impresario Louis Walsh.

Just when critics were wondering if the duo had finally reached the end of their popularity cycle, an entry to the Irish Eurosong process with bouncy pop number ‘Lipstick’, which they will now perform in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2011, taking place on May 14 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Close to a million people watched the duo on the Late Late Show when they were selected, and Jedward say their participation is no joke.

“No, it’s 100 per cent serious. Eurovision is watched by like a billion people or something - it’s an amazing platform. We can’t wait to go out there,” said Edward.

In the meantime, before Eurovision-fever takes off in a massive way, ‘Jedward’ are coming to the UCH and tickets remain for their show on April 15. See www.uch.ie for details.