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Top-five finish enough for Walsh

Jedward manager Louis Walsh is not convinced that his act can win the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf.

But Walsh, who guided them from early losers in a TV talent show to making an estimated €3.2m in the past year, said John and Edward Grimes' future lies in the United States.

"I want to get them on the 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' in America," he told the Irish Independent.

"'The X Factor' was chapter one, Eurovision is chapter two, but Jedward's chapter three is definitely in America.

"I want John and Edward to do well around the world with TV shows, endorsements, and merchandise. You wouldn't believe the amount of offers I have had for Jedward this week."

And yet he remained unconvinced they can top the voting tonight.

"They can win Eurovision if they get the votes but I'm going to continue saying what I have said from day one -- I'd be happy if they finished in the top five.

"For me Eurovision is all about the career you have afterwards, even if you don't win."

But if Jedward do manage to win Eurovision for Ireland tonight, Walsh believes the contest can again be staged in Dublin, despite our financial debt.

"You could get sponsors to pay for it," he said. "Imagine what it could do for tourism and everything else?"

Meanwhile, the BBC's Eurovision commentator Graham Norton has revealed he will probably be rooting for UK entry Blue in tonight's final.

"I want Blue to win because I'm being paid to be here by the BBC," the Corkman said.

"I hope Jedward do well. I have a very soft spot for them."

Irish Independent