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Jedward meet last year's winners Ell and Nikki (left) and show presenter Nargiz (centre) at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan

Jedward meet last year's winners Ell and Nikki (left) and show presenter Nargiz (centre) at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan

Jedward meeting the  Russian Grannies at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan  for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward meeting the Russian Grannies at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward on a ferrisWheel at a fun fair  in Baku, Azerbaijan  for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward on a ferrisWheel at a fun fair in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward meeting the Croatian Contestants at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan  for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward meeting the Croatian Contestants at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward in Baku at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward in Baku at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jedward meet last year's winners Ell and Nikki (left) and show presenter Nargiz (centre) at the welcome party in the Euroclub in Baku, Azerbaijan

EUROVISION hopefuls Jedward were a huge hit on the red carpet at the official opening party at the weekend.

The boys were mobbed as they arrived at the Euroclub in Baku on Saturday night, with one local passing his newborn over the heads of the crowd for the 'Waterline' singers to hold.

Hopes are high that the lads will be able to better their performance at last year's Eurovision, where they came eighth despite being hot favourites.

"Things are looking very good. They are doing a huge amount of work on the performance and everyone wants to meet the boys and have their picture taken with them. They are the perfect ambassadors for Ireland," said a member of the Irish delegation.

Buckets

The brothers have already made a splash in Baku arriving at their first press conference dressed as buckets of popcorn. They have already invested in some extra bling on a shopping trip to one of the Azerbaijan capital's shopping malls to feature in their semi-final performance tomorrow night. And they are set to literally make a splash on the night itself, with their routine rumoured to include an actual fountain.

John and Edward are also proving popular with the locals, with a gang of fans camped out across from their hotel wearing Jedheads.

Jedward are not the only act capturing attention at this year's Eurovision with Russia's novelty act -- a group of eight grannies -- stealing some of the limelight.

Irish Independent