Wiwi: Jedward’s stage act remains pretty similar to what we saw at the Irish national selection. That’s not a bad thing. It’s as vibrant and energetic as it was then, but now has the added bonus of gigantic waves crashing on the LED screen. There’s a particularly dramatic moment around the two-minute mark. The lights go down, the boys lock their heads next to one another and an enormous wave foments in the background as they say “feel the rush.” You can’t really see it in the official eurovision.tv video below, but we’ve seen it and it’s awesome. More questionable is the water fountain on stage. It risks looking like a ghetto sprinkler system if the correct camera angles aren’t used. But I’m sure the producers behind the show have already thought about that and have something fantastic planned.

As for Jedward, they brought their A-game with regards to vocals. And they looked absolutely fabulous in glittering blue waistcoats paired with black leggings. But they seemed somewhat subdued during the rehearsal. Perhaps they’re saving their energy for the big night? Or maybe their hotpants were constricting blood flow? Regardless, they’ve brought a mature package with them, and I can’t wait to see it live on the night. You can’t call them teeny boppers any more. These are men on a mission.

Deban: I love John and Edward dearly. I was part of their unofficial campaign for the second Irish Eurosong victory. As a realist though, it’s easy to conclude that Jedward is very little without team effort. In their rehearsal video, they were ‘on-point’, and their high octane energy is felt throughout. However, the performance as a whole was riddled with shortcomings. The camera angles were off (2:45 focused on Edward’s foot for 5 seconds. Why?), the lighting was still in its infancy, and even though they were in full costume, it kinda looked crazy with the back-up singers in sportswear. An on-stage water feature is a great idea, but it needs to be interactive to add value. The quick dashes to stage left and stage right only to filter back to the centre would make better sense as rehearsals progress. I like the LED wave backdrop, and this would be appreciated more if the camera crew zoomed out as well as in.

The moral of the story is clear. Jedward could nail this competition, but that victory is dependent on ALL parties pulling their weight. Judging by this rehearsal, the twin brothers are bringing their A Game to the show. Their delegation needs to wake up!

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natasha
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natasha

Jedward have the eurovision in the bag theses guys are sooo impressive comparing to the rest I am Irish and by looking at this i am proud to be come on jedward you can do this bring the eurovision back where it belongs in Ireland where we have won it 6 times

Edz
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Edz

Great Review again Wiwi & Deban , point by point 🙂 i actually agree about the water fountain so hopefully they will sort that out on second rehearsal.

this is not Jedward outfit hahaha.. im actually scared to know after the Popcorn outfit im sure its Unique 🙂

Robyn
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Robyn

Jedward aren’t in full costume and they definitely won’t be wearing this at the semi-final. Remember, this is Jedward – they don’t even have casual clothing in their wardrobes. As they mentioned at their press conference, they figured that as so many other performers wear casual clothes to the rehearsals, they wear do something cool.

And I’m not convinced that these camera angles and edits are anywhere near the final version. All the Eurovision rehearsal videos have shown us wobbly camera angles, Steadicam crew and other behind-the-scenes glimpses. It’s a just a rehearsal video, not a preview of the semi-final broadcast.

Juliet
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Juliet

Looking and sounding great so far, and we know there is a lot more to come from these guys, they are so entertaining and so much fun, whilst still being able to pull off an amazing performance of a great song..

Stacey
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Stacey

The Irish entry looks great. Easily the most eye-catching act I’ve seen in the rehearsals, so far.

Like last year, these two guys are just brilliant for Eurovision. Their enthusiasm and positivity gets everywhere and, from what I’ve seen online today, they’re really helping to create serious buzz around the contest.

Looking forward to seeing the final performance 🙂

river
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river

I get the feeling there is something left in the tank for the water feature.