John and Edward Grimes (born 16 October 1991), known professionally as Jedward, are an Irish singing and television presenting duo. They are identical twins and first appeared as John & Edward in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, generating a phenomenon of ironic popularity described as “the Jedward paradox”. They finished sixth and were managed byLouis Walsh, who was their mentor during The X Factor.
Jedward have released three albums: Planet Jedward, Victory, and Young Love. The first two went double platinum in Ireland. They have released nine singles, including “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)”, a mash-up of “Under Pressure” by Queen/David Bowieand Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”; “Lipstick”, with which they represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011; and “Waterline”, with which they represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
Jedward are also known for their television work, including presenting children’s series Jedward’s Big Adventure and OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory, and for participating in Celebrity Big Brother 8. John and Edward’s combined net worth was estimated in September 2013, and they have been ranked as the fifth most financially successful former X Factor UK contestants.