It’s Jedwardmania here at Teen! We can’t get enough of these Irish twins who, honestly, we kinda just discovered last week. We’re loving their cute Irish brogues, their crazy hair (how does it do that??), their up-beat music… and they kind of look like two Edward Cullens, no? In honor of the release of Jedward‘s third studio album Young Love (out June 26 here in the US!), we decided to dig up some facts about the twins that new followers of the duo may not know. You are very welcome, young lads.
Find out which twin is older, who their biggest musical inspiration is, and what they like to do in their spare time here!
1. Their full names are John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes and Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes. That’s a mouthful! Oh, and John is ten minutes older than his bro, Edward.
2. When the twins auditioned for The X Factor in 2009, Simon Cowell called them “not very good and incredibly annoying.” Eek.
3. Despite Cowell’s remarks, X Factor judge Louis Walsh took them under his wing and became their manager. So far they have released two albums (Planet Jedward and Victory) that have gone double platinum in Ireland.
4. In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics (the opening ceremony is Friday July 27, 2012!), John and Edward ran in the torch relay from Cathal Brugha Street to the General Post Office on O’Connell Street in Ireland’s capital, Dublin!
5. The Olympics picked the perfect duo to run with the torch, because both John and Edward used to run around 40 miles a week with their track club.
6. Jedward are involved with tons of charity work. They’ve donated their time and talent to the ISPCC (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), ChildLine, Sport Relief, Comic Relief, and Children In Need. In 2011, they became one of the highest rated charity ambassadors in Ireland.
7. The boys have five dogs — Lassie, Maxi, Trixie, DJ, and Oscar.
8. Both boys are beyond obsessed with Britney Spears! Brit’s …Baby One More Time was the first album they ever bought. Here they are on stage with Ms. Spears during her Femme Fatale Tour!
9. Edward seriously injured his leg on stage while performing at a beach festival in England, but continued on with the show anyway! It wasn’t broken, but he ended up tearing a few ligaments in his left knee and need corrective surgery to fix it.
10. John and Edward became very good friends with their Celebrity Big Brother housemate, Tara Reid.
Are you a fan of Jedward? Will you buy their album Young Love when it hits stands? How do you feel about musicians from overseas making it in America?