Now that the audition rounds of ‘The X Factor’ are over, you know it’s not only the best singers who go through to the Boot Camps round. It’s also the acts who have a huge stage presence and who would be entertaining to watch, thus making lots of money in ticket sales, show appearance, etc. Sometimes, those acts even progress beyond the Boot Camp round into the final live shows. This was the case for Jedward, a duo of identical Irish twins who rose to fame during the sixth season of ‘The X Factor’ in The United Kingdom.
I’m not quite sure how these two made it as far as they did in the series. Were they entertaining? Sure. Could they sing? Not very well. In fact, during week two, they proved both of these facts when they performed Britney Spears’ “Oops…I Did It Again” during Divas Week. As Dannii Minogue put it: “Vocally, it’s not right, but it’s okay.” Spot on, Dannii. Spot on. Or if you’re Cheryl Cole, you say, “I look forward to seeing you every week.” This was true as the British public kept voting for Jedward week after week.
The next week, Jedward (known as John & Edward during their ‘X Factor’ days) took on another pop classic in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs.” Was it very good? Not by a long shot, but they kept the votes coming in because they were amazing television. You never knew what they were going to pull out of their bag of tricks.
Jedward kept up their mix of interesting stage performances and less than stellar vocals until they were finally eliminated during week seven of the competition. But in what could be considered a sad twist of fate for good singers struggling to make ends meet, Jedward scored a record contract. In fact, they have already released two albums, both of which went number one in their home country of Ireland. They were even selected to represent Ireland at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, with one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in awhile, “Lipstick.”
Once again, the vocals were horrible, but something about the whole stage performance got Europe to vote for Jedward, once again proving that just because you can’t sing doesn’t mean you don’t have the X Factor.
I think Jedward best represent the difference between ‘The X Factor’ and ‘American Idol.’ Whereas the latter is basically a singing competition, the former is a competition to see who has what it takes to make it big in the entertainment industry. I’m going to go back to my argument about how very few ‘American Idol’ winners are still remembered today. In fact, I had to look up who won the show last season because I couldn’t even remember. (Scotty McCreery for those of you who forgot, too.) While Jedward would have no chance on a show like ’Idol,’ they got their chance on ’The X Factor’ because they had an intense stage presence.
So, what do you think? Would you vote for an act as ridiculous as Jedward if one emerges on the American ’X Factor?’ I’m not sure I would mainly because I’d never buy their album. I want to listen to people who can actually carry a tune when I’m in the car or running. I take that back; I do have a special place in my heart for Ke$ha, and she’s not exactly known for her singing prowess. Regardless, I doubt I would vote for Jedward, but it’s undeniable they have something that makes people want to see what they are going to do next.