I tweeted the above towards the end of John and Edward’s performance on the X Factor on Saturday night. They sang the Wham song “I’m your man”. I say sang, but we all know they aren’t great singers. This doesn’t make them the ideal contestants for a singing competition.
What they lacked in voice, they made up for in pure entertainment value. You just couldn’t help raise a smile when they performed and danced around like a pair of Max Headroom’s stuffed to the gills with red bull. Two young lads have the time of their lives, sowing the seeds of a TV Career. Fair play to them. The fact they are from Dublin has nothing to do with that opinion. If it was two lads from London I’d say the same thing.
The Jedward “journey” was fun up to the performance on Saturday night. The Wham song they sang and the performance in general just wasn’t fun. Once that fun factor had gone, there was nothing left. And so it was on Sunday night the two boys found themselves in the sing off with Olly Murs. There wasn’t any doubt after that they were going home.
And yet, on Twitter and elsewhere people were still hoping and wishing they would stay in the competition. Grown adults with fully developed brains had become such loyal devotees of the spikey haired duo that all reason and sense had left them.
Was this loyalty inspired by nationality? Just because John and Edward are Irish they would rather see a better singer get dumped out of the competition? That’s something I just don’t understand. They’d have got my vote in previous weeks because they were entertaining and deserved to get through based on the performances. Irishness wouldn’t even enter into the equation for me. For a lot of people, the mere fact they were Irish was the primary reason for supporting them.
To me, this just shows that despite all the strides Ireland and her people have taken since independence, deep down in our psyche we still have a peasant mentality that believes we’re not worthy or good enough.