It's a giant leap for Jedward with Eurovision bid
IT'S Jedward, but not as we know them.
The pop duo yesterday described their bid to be the Irish Eurovision entry as the "next step" in their careers.
The 19-year-old twins, who perform in a 'Late Late Show' Eurosong special tonight, have faced a barrage of criticism this week from rival entries and former competition winners.
However, following rehearsals in RTE yesterday, the Lucan brothers claimed TV viewers tuning in tonight could expect a surprise.
"It's Jedward but not how people have seen us before," John said.
"What we're trying to do is take our performance to a new level. We're doing something very polished but with the same youthful energy. That's why we're calling it Jedward's next step."
"We will be singing live on Eurosong, and if the public decide we're Ireland's Eurovision entry, we will be singing live in Dusseldorf," Edward added.
"We have the height of respect for people like Paul Harrington and Shay Healy, and the rival entries who criticised us. But we want them to know that we would be very proud to represent Ireland. We would do a good job. This is the kind of opportunity we have been waiting for. We just want to be given a chance."
Jedward, with backing singers Morgan Deane and Rebecca Creighton from 'X Factor' girlband Belle Amie, will perform after Don Mescal tonight. They will be followed by new band Bling, who have been tipped as the other potential winners, with the Vard Sisters and Nikki Kavanagh fourth and fifth.
Speaking at yesterday's rehearsal, host Ryan Tubridy welcomed a decision by RTE to split the vote two-thirds in favour of regional juries and one-third phone votes.
"I'm glad it's not all texting," he said. "You don't want one section of the population who are prolific texters to run away with it."