2011: Jedward - Lipstick

Identical twins, Jedward were born as John and Edward Grimes in Dublin in 1991.

Their distinctive blonde quiffs have become the trademark of their image. Jedward first came to the attention of the general public following their participation in the UK X Factor series in 2009. Their weekly antics on the show gave them massive media exposure, and quickly gained a reputation for their unique performances and not least their quirky image.

Hot on the heels of their X Factor participation, their debut single Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) climbed to the top of the Irish charts and secured them a second place on the UK singles chart. They were dropped by their record company Sony after just the one single but were quickly snapped up by Universal who obviously saw their potential, and subsequently signed a contract with a 3 album deal. Their debut album, Planet Jedward was released in july 2010, reaching number 1 in Ireland and number 17 in the UK. Their second single, a cover of Blink 182’s All The Small Things didn’t fare as well however, failing to reach the top 20 of either country. Their second album is currently under production, rumoured to be scheduled for release by the summer.the 17th of March saw the release of a preview promo clip called Bad Behaviour.

The duo hava managed to maintain a high media profile through various appearances and promotional work in TV commercials. They have also featured as regulars on the comedy panel show Celebrity Juice. The young brothers have even forayed into the modelling world, after doing features for magazines i-D, Esquire and Grazia.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2011
  • Song title Lipstick
  • Song writer(s) Daniel Priddy / Lars Halvor Jensen / Martin Michael Larsson
  • Language English
  • Video

In the final

  • Starting position 6
  • Rank 8
  • Points 119

In the semi final

  • Which semi final? Semi-Final 2
  • Starting position 19
  • Rank 8
  • Points 68
  • About the selection

    Following the dismal placing of one time winner Niamh Kavanagh in 2010, broadcaster RTÉ desperately needed to think of a way to attract viewers to their 2011 selection. A shake up of the format followed, with the introduction of music mentors to coach 5 acts selected to participate in the final.

    Whether intentional or not, RTÉ certainly succeded, when the news that duo Jedward were to compete in the Irish selection brought interest in the Emerald Isle to fever pitch – it’s a long time since the contest has received so much publicity in Ireland. Maligned by many music critics but adored by the general public, the group were one of the the favourites from the very start.

    In Eurosong 2011, which featured as a part of The Late Late Show, 5 acts competed in an attempt to win the votes of the public and secure victory. The Vard Sisters were back for another attempt, the other acts being Don Mescall, Bling and Nikki Kavanagh. Nikki Kavanagh was the act most expected to slug it out with Jedward, but could never really compete against the huge fanbase of Jedward, which quickly mobilised itself to vote for the act, much to the horror of amongst others, Johnny Logan. The former winner claimed that Lipstick would make Ireland a laughing stock and would not translate across to the European viewers. The winner was chosen through a combination of 33% televote and 67% vote from regional juries. The voting turned out to be quite the thriller, with Nikki Kavanagh just being pipped by 2 points, when Jedward secured a victory with 98 points. 

  • About the song

    Lipstick is written and composed by Daniel Priddy, Lars Halvor Jensen and Martin Michael Larsson – the latter two being two Danish songwriters who participated for Denmark in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Believe Again, which they wrote together with Ronan Keating. The song can best be described as alternative mainstream, with a very energetic performance and a catchy hook. Their vibrant, youthful image compliments the song perfectly and their performance at this year’s Eurosong can only be summed up as memorable.

    Lipstick has enjoyed great success in Ireland following the twins’ victory, spending six weeks on the chart and so far peaking at number two. The single has yet to crack the UK top 75, its highest position so far being 102.

    According to statements from Team Jedward, Lipstick is due for a major revamp before they take to the stage in Düsseldorf, in order to give them the best possible chance of obtaining a top 10 placing in the final. They have also enlisted the help of Brian Friedman to beef up the choreography of their act, Friedman having previously worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. Who said the brothers weren’t taking Eurovision seriously? They’re in it to win it!

  • Lyrics


    Lipstick


    You say you’re on it but you just don’t know
    You’re spending money like you’re on death row
    You must be mis-educated
    By all the guys that you dated
    You think I’ll take the bait but I don’t think so

    Ohhhh
    Am I headed for a car crash?
    Ohhhh
    Im just about to meet my match, she takes the
    Ohhhh
    I’m about to fall in head first
    Sisters let me tell you how it works

    HEY!

    She’s got her lipstick on
    Here I come, da da dum
    She’s got her lipstick on
    Hit and run, then I’m gone
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey

    Oooohh, Oooohh

    You look at me and I got you in mind
    I come on over see what I could find
    No appetite for delusion
    I could’ve been what I’m losin’
    You’re saying yes when it is no, no, no, no

    Ohhhh
    Am I headed for a car crash?
    Ohhhh
    Is this about to be my next, she takes the
    Ohhhh
    I’m about to fall in head first
    Sisters let me tell you how it works

    She’s got her lipstick on
    Here I come, da da dum
    She’s got her lipstick on
    Hit and run, then I’m gone
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey

    She’s got her lipstick on
    Here I come, da da dum
    She’s got her lipstick on
    Hit and run, then I’m gone
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey

    It’s not that I don’t wanna play (play, play)
    And then I didn’t look your way (way, way)
    It’s not like every girl’s the same (same, same)
    You gotta know just how to treat this miss
    Or she will be dismissed

    Heyyyyy

    She’s got her lipstick on
    Here I come, da da dum
    She’s got her lipstick on
    Hit and run, then I’m gone
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey

    She’s got her lipstick on
    Here I come, da da dum
    She’s got her lipstick on
    Hit and run, then I’m gone
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey

    Here I come
    Here I come
    dum da dum da dum da dum

    Here I come
    Here I come
    dum da dum da dum da dum

    Hit and run
    Hit and run
    dum da dum da dum da dum

    Then I’m gone
    Then I’m gone
    Gone, gone, gone, gone