They’re icons of Eurovision and are set to make history as they join the new Junior Eurovision expert judging panel. William and Deban caught up with John and Edward Grimes aka Jedward ahead of their JESC 2017 appearance and performance of their song “Hologram”.
Let it be said: if you’re a Eurovision journalist and you’ve been working hard, not getting much sleep and generally feeling like a zombie, a good dose of Jedward will quickly bring you back to life!
The Irish twins now write their own songs and started by telling us about the songwriting process. John explained, “Every song is completely different when you write it. We actually write such things that are so deep sometimes that I couldn’t even put that in a song. I might put that in a book someday cos it’s too controversial sometimes.”
As as for the rumours that Jedward would be penning a track for a Eurovision comeback, it turns out they’re not there… yet. John said, “We haven’t even come around to writing super catchy Eurovision type songs yet because we’re trying to make messages in lyrics so that the fans can get tattooed.
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We asked the twins — who are two-time winners of Ireland’s former national selection Eurosong — what they thought of Ireland’s current selection process. They had one name in mind: Niall Horan. John put a strong case for the former One Direction singer to go to Eurovision: “He’s got his new songs, he’s in the studio right now writing songs. So I feel if he went on stage, he’d represent everything Irish.”
As well as joining Melfest boss Christer Björkman and Danish music executive Mads Grimstad as part of JESC’s brand new expert panel, Jedward will also give a live performance of their new single “Hologram”.
The song is a tale of heartbreak, and it got us wondering what the meaning behind the song was. John wasn’t giving anything away, saying, “Hologram is a very personal song and I’m never going to go into the meaning of it.” We’ll have to see if their live performance at the JESC final gives away any hints!