South Shields Christmas lights will be turned on by Jedward – what date is the switch on?

X Factor and Eurovision stars Jedward will flick the switch on South Shields’ Christmas lights this year

Get your biggest quiff styled and ready as a pair of X Factor stars will do the honours at South Shields Christmas lights switch on.

The special guests for the annual event are none other than…Jedward!

The energetic duo from Ireland have become household names since appearing on X Factor and were a huge hit when they last visited South Shields for South Tyneside Festival last year when they even did a bit of crowd surfing!

Right from their first audition on The X Factor back in 2009, Jedward had everyone talking and they made it right through to the latter stages of the live shows thanks to memorable performances of pop classics like Oops I Did It Again, Ghostbusters and Ice Ice Baby/Under Pressure, which later became a big hit single for them.

Since then they have represented Ireland at Eurovision twice, first in 2011 and then again in 2012 and appeared on two series of Celebrity Big Brother.

South Shields Christmas lights switch on will take place on Thursday, November 22 from 5pm and will also include lots of great festive music, street entertainers, and an appearance from characters from The Customs House pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. The evening will be hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey.

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Source: ChronicleLive

Seeing Double at South Shields Lights Switch On

South Shields will be treated to a high energy performance when Irish double act Jedward switches on the town’s festive displays.

Jedward will join the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson, at the switch on event taking place on Thursday 22 November, at South Shields Market Place.

he Mayor said: “The South Shields switch on event is always one of the highlights of the festive season in South Tyneside and this year will be no exception. It always has a brilliant atmosphere and we are excited that Jedward will be joining us to kick start the town’s Christmas celebrations.

“They are certain to bring lots of festive fun at this very special time of year and I’m sure the people of South Tyneside and beyond will come out in force and give them a warm welcome.”

The identical twin brothers – John and Edward Grimes – rose to fame having first appeared on X Factor in 2009 with their lively performances.

Since their run on the show they have gone on to release a number of fan favourites and reached number two in the UK Singles chart with their debut ‘Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby).They also went on to have three number one singles and three number on albums in their native Ireland.

They also won over the nation in 2017’s Celebrity Big Brother when they finished second.

The lights switch on event will also see them return to the town having performed at one of the town’s open air Sunday Concerts in Bents Park last year.

Jedward said: “South Shields is such a great place. We are really looking forward to coming back for the Christmas lights switch on. It’s going to be great to see everyone again!”

The event is running from 6pmon Thursday 22 Novemberand will be hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey. The Creative Seed carnival group will also be helping to entertain the crowds and characters from this year’s Customs House panto, Beauty and the Beast,will be making a special appearance.

Spectacular Christmas switch on events will also take place in Jarrow Town Hall in Grange Road on Friday 23 November and Fountains Park in Hebburn on Monday 26 November, from 4pm to 5pm.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “Our lights switch-on events in South Shields, Hebburn and Jarrow, really set the scene for Christmas across the Borough and once again the Council is going all out to make them fun and memorable.

“Jedward were a huge hit with the crowds when they performed at last year’s South Tyneside Festival and I have no doubt they will do so again. We look forward to welcoming them back to help us get the South Shields Christmas celebrations off to a spectacular start. I’m sure it will be a brilliant event.”

Other key highlights of this year’s Christmas Wonderland programme include the Camel Parade on Friday 7 December, at 5pm, Ocean Road, South Shields.

Families can also enjoy the traditional Civic Carol Concert (Monday 3 December) and Christmas Fair weekend at Haven Point (Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November).There will also be festive activities at The Word, National Centre of the Written Word, Hebburn Central and town centre entertainment with classic carols and seasonal songs from school choirs and bands.

South Tyneside’s Christmas Wonderland programme is being delivered by South Tyneside Council in partnership with BBC Newcastle and with support from Colmans Seafood Temple.

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Hot TV: War over Jedward, Celebrity Coach Trip

FORMER Strictly dancer James Jordan and X Factor twins Jedward hated one another when they were on Celebrity Big Brother last year.

He called them “immature and talentless” while they branded him “a nobody”.

So it’s no surprise the war raged on when they ended up on Celebrity Coach Trip together.

Rows broke out between them as they and a host of stars were driven around Europe, and it caused a real split in the camp.

James’s wife Ola and reality star Charlotte Crosby turned against Jedward. But ex-Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett sided with the twins.

A show source said: “To say James dislikes Jedward would be a huge understatement. When the stars voted for who should go there was a massive divide.

Filming was delayed three hours.”

Fans will have to wait for the footage as the E4 series airs next year.

Source: Daily Star

Jedward set for Coach Trip

Jedward are set to join guide Brendan Sheerin on a special celebrity series of ‘Coach Trip’ as E4 bosses look to give the show a twist with a host of famous faces.

The famous twins, John and Edward Grimes, 26, have signed up to join a host of famous faces on an upcoming journey with guide Brendan Sheerin on the E4 reality show, according to the Daily Star newspaper.
The programme sees tourists travelling on a coach holiday together, but Brendan will not be taking it easy on any of stars.
He said: “These celebs think they’re used to the red carpet life, but they won’t get any special treatment on my coach.
“I’m sure they’ll be schmoozing away, but it won’t be long until I start dishing out the red cards.”
The former ‘X Factor’ duo will be joined on the coach by ex ‘Geordie Shore’ star Charlotte Crosby, The Only Way Is Essex’s star Bobby Norris, Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson, and former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ pair James and Ola Jordan.
After going into the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house last year – and emerging as runners-up on the Channel 5 reality show – Jedward looked for love on dating programme ‘Single AF’.
Before their appearance, the pair discussed how far they’d be willing to go on television – and confessed that they would have no problem getting it on in front of the nation as long as it was edited to perfection.
John said at the time: “If we’re going to do that it has to be perfectly edited, great sound quality, great lighting.
“Great rhythm and great flow and great passion for the people watching it…”
But his sibling Edward wasn’t so sure. He added: “I don’t know if there is going to be time for that, but there could be enough for a spin-off show!”

Source: Female First