Jedward fall flat as their hairdos in Baku
Published 27/05/2012 | 05:00
JEDWARD'S bid to win Ireland's first Eurovision prize in 16 years fell as flat as their hairdos last night, as the twins finished in the bottom half of the table.
That Ireland won't have to host the competition next year will come as a relief to some at the head of RTE, given its accumulated losses of €50m.
Despite it being their second time in a row to represent their country at the Eurovision, their rendition of Waterline in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku failed to attract the affection or the votes of the millions watching the competition across the continent.
The Grimes' twins, John and Edward, 20, from Lucan in Dublin, delivered a solid performance and gave it their all, but it was a devastating return after the high expectations ahead of last night.
Nerves were not helped as Jedward picked up "nul points" from the first four juries, but picked up its first single point from Belarus.
We then received four points from the Belgian jury while poor old Engelbert Humperdinck, representing the UK, languished with one solitary point.
Sweden and Russia emerged as the early leaders as a host of other Eastern European countries made up the top half of the table. France totally ignored both Ireland and the United Kingdom, giving their top marks to the Swedish act Loreen.
Our new best friends in London helped us out a bit by giving us 10 points but followed France's suit by giving the Swedes the "douze points".
Holland gave us five points, but they too gave top marks to Sweden. Ultimately, Ireland finished with 46 points.
It fell to Grainne Seoige on behalf of Ireland to award the final 12 points to Loreen, who was crowned winner.
Conceding defeat, the twins said: "Congratulations to Loreen. She had a great song and if we couldn't be the winners, we're glad it was her.
"We want to thank all our amazing fans all over Europe for voting for us. A big shout out to Leanne, Clare, Shane and Julian for being such a great team, to Linda our mentor and all our crew and family who are always 100 per cent behind us. We had an amazing time in Baku."