Wednesday 17 January 2018

Walsh wants Jedward to enter contest again in 2012

John and Edward Grimes pose with fans at Dublin airport yesterday, where they were given an official escort on their arrival from Germany
John and Edward Grimes pose with fans at Dublin airport yesterday, where they were given an official escort on their arrival from Germany

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

JEDWARD could be going back to Eurovision next year, their manager Louis Walsh revealed last night.

Walsh (57) said that, provided he had the same team to back their bid next year -- MCD boss Caroline Downey and RTE -- he would strongly consider re-entering the 19-year-old twins for the 2012 contest in Azerbaijan.

Walsh dropped the bombshell yesterday when -- following Jedward coming eighth in the contest on Saturday night -- he was asked if Ireland would ever win Eurovision again.

"Ireland could definitely win Eurovision again and we might do it next year with Jedward. I think after what happened this year, Jedward would do incredibly well in Eurovision 2012," Walsh told the Irish Independent.

But a second Jedward bid would involve RTE, who Walsh has publicly criticised in the past.

"Yes, I am always slagging off RTE, but with Eurovision this year, RTE did an amazing job. They got behind us and raised everyone's spirits around Ireland. I have nothing but praise for RTE, and for Caroline Downey, and for Jedward themselves," he said.

Jedward said they could have unfinished business with the Eurovision. Asked what they would say to Ireland's entry in 2012, they immediately said: "Go John and Edward."


The Grimes twins found themselves winning over this year's hosts, Germany, and appearing on German TV night after night. But Azerbaijan, who topped Saturday's polls and will host Eurovision 2012, might be a tougher audience to crack.

John and Edward admitted they weren't even sure of the exact location of Azerbaijan.

"We're sure that the most googled thing yesterday was 'where is Azerbaijan?' Someone told us it's an island the size of Rathmines so we might need to build an extension on it. You'd need that for all the hotels the artists stay in during Eurovision," joked John.

Azerbaijan has a population of eight million and borders Eastern Europe and Western Asia.

The Lucan, Co Dublin, brothers showed little sign of disappointment when they spoke to the Irish Independent yesterday morning after their Eurovision defeat.

"It's a win, win situation, even though we didn't win the competition," Edward said.

"Our song is selling on iTunes around Europe. We got people talking about Ireland in Eurovision and after we came off stage we were trending on Twitter in places like Australia, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York. We've been written about in American newspapers like the 'Wall Street Journal'. Since Saturday night, we seem to be known all around the world," he added.

There's now talk of the pair performing for either Queen Elizabeth or US President Barack Obama during their impending state visits.

"Louis has told us it's either the queen or Obama. We're thinking Obama would be a lot cooler. We have also got lots of meetings in the UK. We're pretty happy. We're never victims because we always come out on top," said Edward.

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