Sunday 24 September 2017

Jedward give watered-down performance for opponents

Jedward have their first rehearsal onstage in Baku, Azerbaijan, ahead of their Eurovision semi final on May 22
Jedward have their first rehearsal onstage in Baku, Azerbaijan, ahead of their Eurovision semi final on May 22

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

IRELAND'S Eurovision entry Jedward took to the stage for the first time in Baku, Azerbaijan, last night.

And the twins had one of their toughest audiences ever: their rival contestants in next week's semi-final.

Performing last, the Irish twins were watched by performers from Israel, San Marino, Cyprus, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Austria and Moldova.

"I guess they all stayed around to see what we were going to do. It meant we had the biggest crowd watching our rehearsal but it didn't bother us," said Edward Grimes.

A Jedward spokesman revealed that what rival performers witnessed last night was far from the finished Irish entry.

"Let's put it this way. The tap was only half on," said the spokesman, in reference to a water effect used sparingly during the twins' performance of 'Waterline'.

Today they are planning a day off and a tour of local sights before rehearsals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Ireland perform last in the first semi-final on May 22 in the hope of making the final on May 26.

Irish Independent

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