X Factor 2013: Jedward have ditched Louis Walsh & appointed their MUM as their manager!

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We reported recently that former X Factor finalists John and Edward Grimes wanted to ditch their stage name ‘Jedward’ and be the artists known as John & Edward – Jedward…

And it seems that in amongst their attempts to breathe some kind of life back into what’s been described as their “deadwood Jedward” careers, they’ve also dumped X Factor judge Louis Walsh – who had been their manager since they starred in X Factor – and appointed their MUM in his place!

The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “X Factor judge Louis no longer runs their day-to-day business affairs and his ties with the boys could soon be severed completely.

“Susanna Condron, mother to the twins, has taken over Louis’ duties and has started publicising her role.”

A source close to the Irish lads said, “Louis has a back seat in all this now.

“He was a huge cheerleader for them and helped to make them millionaires…

“But they’ve backed off now and they want their mum to do all the day-to-day stuff.”

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As fans of the lads may know, they were axed by record label Universal earlier this year after their album, Young Love, only managed to get to No 63 in the UK charts, and of course, their attempt at Eurovision – with single Waterline – flopped horribly as the lads ended in 19th place.

The paper adds, “Hundreds of tickets remain available for their six-date September UK tour of modest venues in towns such as Lowestoft, Selsey and Chatham — a far cry from their early gigs at large venues in the capital.”

The insider added, “The glory days are over. Jedward are far from a hot ticket.

“They started out as a fun act from the X Factor who despite having terrible singing voices and awful rhythm managed to get people to buy their records.”

Do you think it’s all over for Jedward? Here’s a look at them in action recently…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. James on August 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I don’t think it’s all over.. I think it’s the start of something Big and a welcome change! Jedward aren’t going anywhere but UP!! 🙂

  2. Ally on August 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I don’t think it’s over for John and Edward as Louis Walsh was a very hands off manager as I far as I understand. It seems the boys now have far more creative control over their career and can pursue things in the way they want, by building solid foundations and taking the time to do things properly. As to being axed by their record label whilst it is true they parted company it was more that the contract had finished. John and Edward are writing and working on songs for their next album so it seems they are determined and confident that things aren’t over. BTW UMI didn’t appear that supportive of their music and did very little active promotion of their last album, Young Love, or single, Luminous – which deserved to be a huge hit.

  3. Ally on August 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Oh I also forgot to mention that their CBBC show Jedward’s Big Adventure has been recommissioned for a third series. 10 episodes are to be filmed in September so that show’s it not yet over. 🙂

  4. River on August 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    The contract with UMI was completed: 3 albums done and dusted. But since UMI didn’t seem that helpful and as Jedward fan can’t say I’m sorry they decided to look elsewhere or just go independent entirely. Never heard of a record company refusing to send a music video for a lead single off a new album to a TV station begging them for it before. Now they have independence that video is now playing on TV.
    The twins are very hands on with EVERYTHING in their career, it seems their mam is someone they trust to help them reach their goals.

  5. Patricia on August 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Jedward are far from over, as well as having a UK Tour in September they recently announced an upcoming tour in Australia where they have many fans. They are working on their 4th album and have thousands of fans all over the world. They are in demand wherever they go and after working constantly for 3 years have just taken a few months break and believe me they will be back with a bang. World watch out. I for one look forward to many more Jedward filled years.

  6. janie on August 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The ‘source’ for this article sounds very bitter. I wonder why? The twins have simply outgrown Louis’ definition of success. Mr. Walsh wanted them to continue as a novelty act, yet J&E want to approach music more seriously. Universal was completely AWOL on the last album. Radio and TV stations around the world were BEGGING for the video of Luminous, but Universal simply did not reply. Why? And Mr. Walsh, as their manager, did nothing to remedy the problem. It was high time to move on.

  7. Juliet on August 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Speaking as fan,I think John and Edwards decision to part ways with both Mr Walsh and UMI was a sound one. UMI, with whom the twins have fulfilled their three album contact, neither supported nor promoted them, music channels openly begged them to send the Luminous video, they simply refused.
    I think with a UK and Australian tour on the horizon, a third series of Jedwards big adventure signed and sealed, a fourth album in the making. and numerous appearances on TV and radio stations, both here and abroad, Jedward are far from over…
    As for tickets not selling well, they have only started officially promoting the tour this week.

  8. Lisa Hafey on August 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Louis appeared to want them forever branded as a novelty act, and in every interview emphasised, “the kids love them”. True, kids love them, but it belies the fact that John and Edward’s core fanbase is actually aged mid 20s to mid 30s – a far cry from the idea that they are strictly children’s entertainers. Funnily enough, ever since the Twins have been masters of their own destiny and managing themselves (possibly for as long as the past six months) they have been presenters at Cinemagic in Belfast, guests at the EMAs in Germany, presenters at the Children’s BAFTAs, visited Australia and appeared on the top rating tv morning programmes and radio shows in that country, visited Canada three times, guesting and co-hosting on Much Music – the most recent visit saw them invited as guests at the Much Music Video Awards.

    Only this week they have been the darlings of the BBC, who, as has been commented earlier, recommissioned “Jedward’s Big Adventure” for a third series – this time doubling the episodes to 10. Oh! And did I mention they are returning to Australia this month for a promotional visit, ahead of their tour there in November? John and Edward are doing six dates in the UK and although it might at first glance appear to be far flung places in which they are performing, they are actually very strategic places – Chatham in Kent, for instance, is easily accessible from both London and Kent, and therefore is ideally situated to attract the largest part of the UK’s population – an estimated 15 million people live in both combined.

    One of the last things Louis organised for the Twins was an appearance at a sheep sheering festival in Ireland…I think they’re actually doing much better, don’t you?

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