It is the end of an era. This Friday John and Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, will shave off their iconic quiff hairdos in support of the Irish Cancer Society. The jepic haircuts will take place live on Ireland’s The Late Late Show this Friday, March 26.
The twins confirmed the news of their de-quiffing with posts on social media. On a Twitter post, the brothers shared that their mother had died of cancer and confirmed that their haircuts would be in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
In an Instagram post, John and Edward wrote, “We’re hopeful the funds raised will contribute to a cancer-free future. We are honouring the memory of all those that have come and gone! We are sending strength and love to all those suffering, Don’t give up!”
The brothers could also be seen with their luxuriant quiffs, artistically arranged atop their heads like blonde tidal waves.
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The de-quiffing will take place on Daffodil Day, the Irish Cancer Society’s annual fundraising day. The cutting of hair is a common activity for cancer fundraising, whether it’s for donating hair to be used for wigs, an empathic gesture for cancer patients who have lost their own hair, or simple as a way of drawing attention to a good cause.
Jedward’s jepic hair at Eurovision
While the Grimes brothers developed their iconic hairstyle during their time on The X Factor UK in 2009, it was at Eurovision 2011 one decade ago that their quiffs gained infamy.
Jedward turned up on stage in Düsseldorf with red military-style jackets and sky-high quiffs. Their hairstyles were even immortalised on the giant LED wall, which saw the twins win the Marcel Bezençon Artistic Award for the staging.
While Jedward returned to Eurovision 2012, their quiffs didn’t make it to the Baku stage. The twins chose to wear their hair in a flatter style for the “Waterline” performance.
In 2014, Jedward were awarded “Highest Hair” as part of the Eurovision Book of Records skits played during the Eurovision 2014 ad break slots. The segment claimed that Jedward’s quiffs had measured a record 18.2cm tall — even higher than the highest hairdos sported in the 1980s, the decade of mouse and perms.
Jedward will shave off their quiffs on The Late Late Show, Friday 26 March, 21:35 GMT (22:35 CET) on RTÉ.
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