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World-domination plan revealed as fans flock to 'Camp Jedward'

Ken Sweeney in Dusseldorf

Published 14/05/2011 | 05:00

Jedward during a press confrence after they qualifed for the Final in Dusseldorf at the Eurovision Song Contest
Jedward during a press confrence after they qualifed for the Final in Dusseldorf at the Eurovision Song Contest

John Grimes of Jedward backstage at the Dusseldorf Arena, Germany, where the Eurovision Song Contest is being held. kobpixparish

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Jedward take to the stage before an audience of 120 million people in the Eurovision final tonight, knowing half of their possible points total has already been decided.

The Grimes twins performed in an almost-empty auditorium last night so the national juries from various countries could allocate their vote.

"It will be really hard because we're so used to playing concert dates," John told the Irish Independent shortly before going on stage last night.

"But this will be with very few in the audience at all. We know how important it is though because there were countries who were great in the semi-final but didn't make it through because they did a bad rehearsal."

Omens

But the omens are good. Jedward's catchy track 'Lipstick' is topping iTunes in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany and, of course, Ireland on the back of the 19-year-olds' performance in Thursday night's semi-finals.

And as on that night, more than one million Irish people are expected to tune in again tonight to see if the pair can continue to defy the begrudgers -- and music critics.

Their manic behaviour at a press conference after their performance on Thursday night -- at which they upstaged rivals -- has only endeared them further to the international media.

"We ran into the press conference on top of the tables because walking in would have been too boring," said Edward.

"'X Factor' taught us to seize the moment. When we started talking the presenters weren't too happy because they wanted to get their sound bites in but we were so excited to have gotten through to the Eurovision final with votes from all over Europe."

The twins said they were also energised by the hundreds of Irish supporters in Dusseldorf's Esprit Stadium on Thursday -- including their parents and family -- wearing Jedhead hats.

"There was a whole section with Irish flags. Our mum and dad were out in the audience and our manager Louis Walsh was up at the sound desk," said John. "Louis told us it was an emotional moment for him, seeing us going down so well in Eurovision."

However, unlike hundreds of their fans who celebrated Ireland qualifying into the early hours, Jedward returned to their hotel that night.

"We ordered six bottles of mineral water. John drank three and I drank three. Then we went straight to bed. We don't drink or party at home, why would we do it out here? said Edward. It was the same last night, with the two brothers retiring early at their hotel -- dubbed 'Camp Jedward' because it has been inundated with fans. And the brothers revealed how they hoped Eurovision was only one step along the road to world domination

"We won't just be trying to win Eurovision, tonight we aim to create the ultimate YouTube clip which will go around the globe," Edward said.

"This is bigger than 'X Factor'. This is our moment and we want to share it with the world."

Former 1994 Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan said he felt the pair have a very good chance of winning tonight.

"But it's very difficult to predict Eurovision. I think the lads are a breath of fresh air in the music scene. They're totally wired to the moon.

"And they're great fun; they seem to have captured the imagination of the press and all the different people in Dusseldorf.

"But the Eurovision is like a horse race. It's very difficult to predict what people are going to vote for and whether it's going to be a so-called Eastern bloc vote."

Jedward remain second favourites to win, behind French tenor Amaury Vassili. They also face strong competition from Russia, Azerbaijan and last year's winner, Germany's Lena Meyer-Landruth.

Organisers estimate tonight's show will be watched by more than 120 million viewers.

Irish Independent

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