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!