Amazon Alexa users told pop duo Jedward are dead in technical glitch


Amazon's Alexa has been telling users the pop duo died in 2011. Image: Getty

Friday, February 8, 2019

Amazon Alexa users are being told that pop duo Jedward died eight years ago - despite the pair being very much alive.

When asked how old the Irish musicians are, the virtual assistant - which works on Amazon Echo devices - tells users: "Jedward died on the 18th August 2011 aged 17-years-old".

The glitch was discovered by 40-year-old Jedward fan, Jamie Rai, who asked Alexa about the duo after watching them on Channel 4's Celebrity Coach Trip.

The 27-year-old twins, John and Edward Grimes, rose to fame on ITV show The X Factor, and went on to represent Ireland twice in the Eurovision song contest in 2011 and 2012.

They also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.

An Amazon representative told talkRADIO that the glitch has now been fixed.

talkRADIO has approached Jedward's representatives for a comment.