JEDWARD won the right to sing for Ireland in the 2011 Eurovision song contest after a closely contested vote on the 'Late Late Show' last night.
The Dublin twins edged out Nikki Kavanagh with their song 'Lipstick.'
Ms Kavanagh had been ahead of the twins for the duration of the show's regional vote. But the larger-than-life pair were given a last-minute boost, gaining the full 36 points from the public tally to finish on 98 -- just two points ahead of the 96 won by Kavanagh with her song, 'Falling.'
“We’re just so happy that everybody voted for us, thank you guys so much, we’re going to do it for you,” the boys told the ‘Irish Independent’ after their victory yesterday. “Jedward are going to go global, we’re going to win it for Ireland.”
Caroline Downey, who mentored John and Edward for their entry, added that the boys have “something special” planned for this year’s contest. “It’s going to be even more extravagant and over-the-top,” she said. “I’m completely breathless, I couldn’t believe it when we won at the end, it just feels so great.”
The pair will now have to get through the second semi-final of the competition in Düsseldorf, Germany, on May 12 to win a spot in the final. They won despite a controversial late change to the voting system, due to the leak of a 30-second audio clip of the Jedward Eurosong entry by their record label Universal.
Due to what was seen as an unfair advantage for the former ‘X Factor’ contestants, the voting ratio between public vote and regional studio vote was changed: from equal weighting to 33pc for telephone votes and 66pc for the regional judges.
But while Ms Kavanagh, whose song was penned by producer David Haynes, went ahead on jury votes, full marks from the public secured Jedward’s place in the Eurovision.