Saturday 18 November 2017

'Lipstick' duo make mark as followers belt out hit

Edel O'Connell

THRONGS of screaming teenage girls welcomed home their Eurovision heroes Jedward yesterday.

More than 500 Jedheads screamed, sang and chanted at an arrivals gate at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 for more than an hour and a half, waiting for the Grimes twins to touch down from Dusseldorf.

They may have finished eighth in Saturday night's Eurovision Song Contest final with 119 points, but to their fans they were winners.

Kids who had travelled from all over the country to welcome home the famous pair held up homemade banners and belted out Jedward's Eurovision number 'Lipstick' in unison, before breaking into the national anthem in a moment of patriotism inspired by the boys' success.

"We are out here today to let them know how proud we are off them," said Chelsea Hollywood (16), from Finglas, Co Dublin. "They were absolutely fantastic. It doesn't matter to us whether they won or not. They are winners in our eyes."

Another excited fan was Helena O'Sullivan, from Ennis, Co Clare.

"A gang of us came over to Dublin last night to watch the Eurovision at a special event in Dundrum. We are so proud of them. We love them so much that we wanted to come and show our support," said Helena.

"They did us proud," said Dylan Strich (16), from Dublin. "It's fantastic to see the hundreds of people out here today who are all so happy and excited to welcome them home."

The boys took the first flight out of Germany yesterday morning on an Aer Lingus plane festooned with their images and lipstick marks.

As the arrivals gate opened, and the energetic duo leapt into the screaming crowd, airport police struggled to keep the situation under control.

The boys may have received good luck tweets from stars Robbie Williams and Jonathan Ross, as well as the phone call from President Mary McAleese, but they were taking it all in their stride yesterday.

"We loved taking part in the Eurovision. We had so much fun, every minute of it was fun. Our aim was to bring fun and happiness to Eurovision and make Ireland proud. And we hope we succeeded. The support we got was amazing. It is so awesome how many people have come out to welcome us home today. We have been up for 14 hours and now we are all sweaty," they joked.

Plans that are now in the pipeline for the twins include taking part in a television show for ITV.

Their manager Louis Walsh said: "It is as if they won, and in a way they did because they raised everyone's hopes in Ireland.

"They are fun, the record is number one here and in Sweden on iTunes and I really think it is going to open up Europe for them. We are thinking of going back next year with another song."

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