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Sunday 18 February 2018

Twins mobbed at after-show party as winners unrecognised

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

JOHN and Edward Grimes told yesterday of how they were mobbed when they went to the Eurovision after party.

The teenage twins were not devastated when rivals Azerbaijan were crowed Eurovision 2011 winners earlier in the evening, Edward said.

"The funny thing is that the winning act got stopped at the door because nobody recognised them," he told the Irish Independent.

"But everybody recognised us, we were actually mobbed. It was great but we only stayed for 30 minutes."

The duo then stayed up all night at their hotel before boarding what carrier Aer Lingus dubbed the "Jedward Express" yesterday morning.

Prior to Eurovision, the Grimes brothers had revealed their wish for a "Jedward jet" to bring them home from Germany.

And in a 'Jim'll Fix It' moment, the national carrier obliged -- supplying a larger A321 jet for the 10:35am flight from Dusseldorf, which could accommodate an entourage that included manager Louis Walsh, mentor Caroline Downey and the RTE delegation from this year's Eurovision.

On the descent into Dublin pilot Captain Simon Moody called for three cheers for the brothers, in appreciation for their performance in the Eurovision this year.

But this was nothing to the sound of screams and roars which awaited Jedward in arrivals, where hundreds of fans had gathered since the early morning.


Asked if they were victims of the block voting system, which continues to plague Eurovision, at an impromptu press conference Edward said:"We're Jedward, not victims."

And then announced they were off to a "secret destination".

Jedward thanked the "Jedhead" army, who had travelled to Dusseldorf and spent most of Saturday night on their feet in the Esprit Arena.

The supporters, who wore cardboard quiffs and tri-colours, had started the evening in high spirits after full 12 points scores for Ireland from Denmark, and the UK .

However, an indifferent eastern Europe put an end to any notions of winning and as our fortunes waned, by evening's end, all the travelling supporters had left to cheer for was RTE's Derek Mooney donning a cardboard quiff as he announced the Irish votes.

"It all sounded crazy to us. Out of nowhere a country that had zero would suddenly get 12 points. But it wasn't about the result. It was about putting Ireland back on the Eurovision map," said John.

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