Wednesday 21 March 2018

Confident Jedward set out to conquer Europe

Jedward pictured with some of their fans at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport before the departed for the Eurovision Song Contest
Jedward pictured with some of their fans at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport before the departed for the Eurovision Song Contest
Zdob si Zdub, of Moldova, perform their song 'So Lucky' during a dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf yesterday
TWiiNS, of Slovakia, perform their song 'I'm Still Alive'
Jedward at Dublin Airport

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

THEY failed to win 'X Factor' -- but pop twins Jedward had their eyes on a bigger prize when they jetted off to Germany last night for the Eurovision Song Contest.

"We're not going out for a holiday. We are going out to bring this trophy home. We know we can win," brothers John and Edward Grimes vowed as they boarded their flight from Dublin to Dusseldorf.

An estimated 18 million people around Europe are expected to watch Jedward perform Irish entry 'Lipstick' in the second Eurovision semi-final of 19 nations on May 12.

Should the twins, from Lucan, Co Dublin, finish in the top 10 in that heat and make it through to the main contest, that will swell to a global audience of 69 million.

No wonder the 19 year olds revealed to the Irish Independent they have recently taken steps to trademark their name.

"We want Jedward to be as recognisable as Coca-Cola. We took the decision ourselves because it's our name and this will stops people using it illegally on pirate products like T-shirts," said John.

Win or lose, it seems the brothers, who are estimated to have made €3.2m between them last year, say they are planning to use their Eurovision slot to launch themselves on the continent.

"This is the first step to people knowing who we are in Europe. Our plans after Eurovision is to go on a full European tour," said Edward. But they want to do that as the winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

Manager Louis Walsh has been quoted voicing doubts over whether his act could do it.

"Louis was worried about how all the block voting would affect us but he's completely behind us now and will be in Dusseldorf to support us," said John.

Jedward also believe their 200,000 followers on Twitter and an estimated 100 'Jedheads' jetting out from Ireland and the UK to support them, will help propel them to success.

"The jedheads will be walking around Dusseldorf wearing Jedward faces so it's going to seem like we're everywhere," revealed John.


However, connecting to the locals could be more difficult as neither twin speaks German.

"We've seen Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus on German TV and all they do is smile a lot. Anyway we have a translator who will be translating how we talk into English first and then into German," joked Edward.

Taking part in their first Eurovision rehearsal at 5.20pm today, Jedward will be the final act performing in the second Eurovision semi-finals on May 12.

They will need to finish in the top 10 of the 19 acts in that heat in order to make it to the main Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.

Irish Independent

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