Tom: Now I’ve got two problems with this.
Tom: Yeah, and strangely, Jedward himself is not one of them.
First of all: it’s the banter. I know they’re a novelty act, but songs should not have banter in the middle of them. It didn’t work for Gareth Gates and the Kumars, it won’t work now.
Tim: True. Is that in the actual song as well, or just the video?
Tom: I’m not going to buy it to find out. He’s used “J to the E to the D”, he doesn’t get a second chance.
Second problem: I can’t tell the difference between this and the Blink 182 version. Or, rather, between this and a cheap rip-off version from a £2 supermarket “compilation” CD. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, new here at all.
Tim: That does, on the other hand, mean that if they stop doing covers they might, at some point in the distant future, pass as something more than a novelty.
Tom: Fortunately, I’ve got an alternative. I defy you to listen to this without starting to sway when the slow bit that builds up to the chorus kicks in.
Tim: You waited until the chorus?