On Planet Jedward nothing else matters: or does it?

Posted by: on Sep 4, 2011 | One Comment

John and Edward Grimes, a.k.a Jedward, have managed to secure themselves a one million dollar insured hairstyle, a top ten hit and a place on the Eurovision Song Contest within 2 years of competing in X Factor. Like the majority of people in the UK during this period, my opinion towards this apparent joke of an act on X Factor was far from approval. However, since their appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, something within me has warmed towards this somewhat eccentric duo; and whether like Marmite you love them or you hate them, their contribution towards the show can speak for itself, through a renowned and somewhat missed depiction of youthful innocence and fun.

Teens today are dominated by drugs, alcohol and new technology. Jedward are dominated by costume, dance and creating toast sculptures.  For them, nothing else matters except laughter. Whilst other celebrities in the house complain about the trivialities of the food budget and house relationship, and attempt to sleep to pass the time, Jedward make the most out of every minute of the day by engaging in hilarious activities, ultimately creating a positive atmosphere. Sure, they can get it wrong (giving Amy Childs a wedgie probably wasn’t their finest moment!) but their motives are undoubtedly harmless; their apologies without a doubt genuine.

The other housemates represent the majority of people in Britain, that is to say, a nation dominated by money, the private lives of others (resulting in jealousy) and a life dominated by work, notions which Jedward reject in their entirety. For me, Jedward represent a lost youth which explains why so many people find it difficult to relate to them. We are no longer accustomed to a youthful innocence, and such an idea is immediately shunted as ‘fake’. Jedward aren’t fake; their bond as brothers should, if anything, be an example, and ultimately, their attitude towards life should be re-valued and considered by the UK media and audience as a possible rebirth of newfound youth.