Last Friday the Irish Independent published an article claiming that in a bid to be seen as more mature artists, Jedward were undergoing a name change. Apparently, they were only going to be called John and Edward Grimes. I thought it was a crazy decision and it turns out so did the twins. At a concert over the weekend they quashed the rumours, declaring that: “We’re never going to change, we’re always going to be Jedward!”. Here’s a clip of the statement (thanks to @elienze for the link).

http://youtu.be/8OXQ6G1vzi4

Phew! Career suicide avoided! But a few questions remain. Where did the rumours originate from? I highly doubt that the Irish Independent, a fairly well regarded broadsheet, made them up. Were they leaked? Could it have been a publicity stunt? It certainly got us all talking about the lads again. Even this morning, 4 days after the report first appeared, my Twitter feed was crammed full of tweets about the supposed name change. Also, does the retention of their original name mean that the whole re-brand has been shelved? Or will the new set-list of “Hero”, “Little Things” and “Hey There Delilah” remain in place? What do y’all think?

Padraig Jude contributed this report from Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PadraigJude. And while you’re at it, like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.

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carly
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hope the name never changes highly dout it will tho xoxo =:-) ????

Maisy C
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Maisy C

I like the normal jeans

Robyn
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Robyn

More important than the name change – in their latest live shows the Jeds have, for the first time, been wearing non-skinny jeans on stage!

Lisa Hafey
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Lisa Hafey

I believe the article doesn’t say they’re dropping Jedward, it says they’re calling themselves “John and Edward Grimes – Jedward”. If John and Edward actually had a problem with the article, they wouldn’t have retweeted it, nor would their mother.

Besides which, name changes happen in the music industry all the time – and as I said, it’s not even a complete name change.

As for the acoustic set in their shows, I was there on Friday and Saturday nights – and they were brilliant.

Juliet
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Juliet

I think the paper said they would called John and Edward – Jedward.