Video: Jedward pay price for bringing bags of style to the Eurovision
THESE Jedward boys don't seem to care about airline baggage charges.
As the countdown begins to Thursday's Eurovision semi-final in Dusseldorf, the Grimes twins yesterday revealed that they landed in Germany with 14 suitcases between them.
Some 13 cases were packed with clothes, while one huge case was crammed full of runners.
Indeed, the case of footwear was so full, it burst open as it was brought across the runway to the plane and the contents had to be brought on board in plastic bags.
The terrible twosome also brought 100 pairs of socks with them.
But then the Eurovision is hardly a byword for understatement.
"John and Edward don't have a stylist and put their whole look together themselves, including some outfits provided by their fans," one of their handlers told the Irish Independent yesterday.
And with their high-top runners with flames running around the edges, shiny gold zips, sequin jackets and shoulder pads, the 19-year-olds are sure to be noticed when they perform 'Lipstick' in the semi-final.
There is a growing feeling -- at least amongst the bookmakers -- that the Irish entry will do well.
Paddy Power has the twins at 1/3 to qualify through to the final on Saturday night, while they have slashed the odds on a outright win from 20/1 down to 10/1.
A spokesman for Paddy Power said that if the Grimes brothers win the song contest and the current level of betting continues, they expect to pay out at least €1m.
The twins have been in Dusseldorf since last Tuesday and have been extremely busy rehearsing and doing interviews.
They have been interviewed by every German TV station and have become media darlings across Europe because of their zany style and boundless enthusiasm.
The twins will undertake another day of interviews today and then rehearsals tomorrow ahead of the semi-final, where they will have to shine against 18 other entries -- including rival twins from Slovenia -- to be in with a chance of securing victory for Ireland.