Sunday 15 December 2019

Jedward mania hits Azerbaijan as twins arrive two weeks before Eurovision

Jedward are greeted by fans at the airport in Baku.
Jedward are greeted by fans at the airport in Baku.
Jedward in AzerbaijanKen Sweeney stroy
Jedward were greeted by screaming fans in the Eurovision host country.

Ken Sweeney

IRISH 2012 Eurovision entry Jedward have been greeted by screaming fans in host country Azerbaijan.

Soon after touching down, brothers John and Edward Grimes were doing cartwheels in front of bemused officials at the airport in what the twins renamed 'EdzerbaiJohn'.

"I'm Edzer and he is Baijan, together we are Edzerbaijan," Jedward told a local TV crew as they posed for pictures and sang Irish entry 'Waterline' with waiting fans.

The first performers ever to represent Ireland at the Eurovision two years in a row, the Lucan twins' luggage included 10 suitcases of matching stage costumes.

Jedward then took to the streets of Baku sightseeing and comparing local landmark the Flame Towers, which stand 620ft high, to their own gelled-up hairdos.

"The Flame Towers are like our pyramids here in 'EdzerbaiJohn' and we think they they look like us," said John.

Today the brothers will take part in their first press conference in Baku, and begin rehearsals at 6.10pm local time at Eurovision venue The Crystal Hall.

Jedward's stage set -- shipped out two weeks in advance -- includes a water fountain effect which switches on two-thirds of the way into their performance.


Jedward are last on stage in the first Eurovision semi-final on May 22, with the main contest held on May 26.

Costume-wise, 2012's song 'Waterline' has led to a blue colour scheme, including matching blue boots for the twins.

The official RTE delegation will not leave Ireland for Baku until tomorrow.

Sweden is the 7/4 favourites to win Eurovision this year with club track 'Euphoria' by singer Loreen -- but Jedward trail at 14/1.

Irish Independent

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