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.

Wiwibloggs talks to Jedward at Junior Eurovision 2016

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!

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Nirgal
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Nirgal

“Icons”.

Eva M.
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Eva M.

I do not think that being judges in JESC will help them get any further in ESC–I actually think it will hurt them. Usually country voting and performers are removed, so people vote for the performer regardless of the country votes. Will you vote for a performer who gave no points or underestimated your country entry?

They, by the way, win for me the worse JESC Judge award in 2016.

Tom
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Tom

I really really hope they represent Ireland again. their 2 entries are the only irish entries in the last 10 years that have made top 20. they get eurovision and send the right stuff instead of all the awful stuff RTE has been sending.

Juliet
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Juliet

The song has to be catchy or it will be immediately forgotten. A catchy song can still have meaning.. I’m looking forward to seeing the show today, especially John and Edwards performance of Hologram.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

Catchy Eurovision-style songs?! So you think only such songs are acceptable in this contest? Go. Away. And take your mediocre “catchy” gimmicks with you. Having a catchy song is one thing. Having a catchy song with nonsensical lyrics, bringing gimmicks on stage in order to attract the votes of some uninformed televoters and having atrocious live vocals is another.