Jedward's alma mater voted early -- and they probably voted often
Published 15/05/2011 | 05:00
MORE than 125 million people tuned in last night to watch the 56th European song contest but Jedward could have heard the cheers from their old school in Dublin even in Dusseldorf.
Students at Kings Hospital in Palmerstown paid tribute to the wacky-haired pop twins by sporting Jedward hairstyles and held their own Eurovision party at the fee-paying school where the twins spent their schooldays.
The show was watched not only in Europe but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the US -- giving the Lucan-born boys a massive global profile.
Forty-three countries entered this year, and these were whittled down to 25 for last night's grand final and Jedward were clear second favourites after more than £100,000 (€114,881) was wagered for them to win the contest in the UK alone.
Before the contest began in earnest, the students at Kings Hospital were confident that Ireland could win for a record eighth time in front of a live audience of more than 38,000 people.
John and Edward Grimes were famously hated by Simon Cowell on The X Factor.
"They were always good fun, a very united pair. Exactly as they come across now. That is not an act. They've always bounced off each other well," said John and Edwards former teacher Yvonne Duggan, who teaches at Kings Hospital in Palmerstown.
"No matter what they will do extremely well.
"They're great role models too. They're clean cut and we're so proud to have had them at our school," Ms Duggan added.