Monday 22 January 2018

Jedward through to Eurovision final

Jedward have made it into Saturday's Eurovision final.

The Irish twins impressed enough viewers of the second semi-final to become one of 10 acts to make it through to the final 25.

John and Edward Grimes first shot to fame with energetic routines on The X Factor and their Eurovision performance was just as eye-catching.

The pair dressed like cartoon characters with big-shouldered red sparkly jackets and tight black trousers.

They added to the effect with synchronised robotic dance moves as they performed Lipstick.

There were also jumps, kicks, and even cartwheels to distract viewers from a slightly weak vocal performance.

But the twins' trademark gelled up hair was less striking as Jedward, the 19th and final act of the night, followed Denmark's entry A Friend In London, whose lead singer had a similar style.

The twins jumped up and down with excitement when Ireland was named as the fourth entry going through to the final.

Ireland is the contest's most successful country but Jedward have some stiff competition in the final, including the UK's entry Blue with the song I Can.

Other rivals include last year's winner Lena who is defending her title in Dusseldorf, Germany, with the song Taken By A Stranger. Another former winner, Israel's Dana International, failed to make it through Thursday's semi-final.

© Press Association

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