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Monday 23 October 2017

Hair-raising drama as Jedward squeeze into Eurovision final

Jedward jump for joy after securing their place in
Saturday's grand final of Eurovision
Jedward jump for joy after securing their place in Saturday's grand final of Eurovision
Buranovskiye Babushki of Russia perform during last night's semi-final in Baku, Azerbaijan

Ken Sweeney in Baku, Azerbaijan

JEDWARD got the last golden ticket to the grand final of the Eurovision Song contest last night.

In a nail-biting finish, the twins were the last of the 10 acts named as going forward out of 18 semi-finalist to Saturday's main show.

It was a popular choice, not only around Europe but with the audience in Baku's Crystal Hall who cheered the twins as they reacted to the news by cart-wheeling across the stage like two wired tin men.

The brothers immediately called for Eurovision/ Jedward parties around Ireland on Saturday night

"We want all of Ireland to get behind us for the final. Organise a Eurovision party, make a Jedhead and sing along to 'Waterline'. We're going to go out there and make Ireland proud," they said moments after getting the good news.

Splash

"We knew we'd rock Edzerbaijohn! Thanks to all our awesome fans for voting for us. We're going to go out there on Saturday night and do our best for a Jepic win."

Singing the Irish entry 'Waterline', the twins made a splash as the final act to perform of 18 countries.

Dressed in sparkling Pharaoh outfits, the two 20-year-olds cart-wheeled, scissors-kicked and ran rings around one another in a tightly choreographed performance that ended with them in a cold shower.

"Thank God we didn't swallow any of the water. The water machine we're using arrived in Azerbaijan three weeks ago and they haven't let us change the water. One gulp and we'd have had it,"John said.

Jedward will perform 23 out of 26 countries in Saturday's Grand Final The twins picked their number out of a bowl at a press conference last night staged for the 10 acts that made it through the first semi-final.

Asked what they had been feeling when it seemed like they might not go through, John said: "We were wondering, how we were going to get to the stage if our names were called out.

Excited

"All the other contestants walked up but we did front flips. But we do feel sorry for the acts that didn't get through tonight, we know what that feels like, but they should come back again next year like we did. We're really excited about being in the final this Saturday."

Head of the RTE delegation Mr Julian Vignoles said he knew Jedward were going through when he saw the TV cameras moving towards the Irish entry after the ninth finalist was announced.

He said: "If you're going to leave one act hanging, in the hope of they go crazy with good news, who better than Jedward?"

Manager Louis Walsh, watching in Liverpool where he due to start auditions for TV show X Factor, said the brothers deserved to be put through.

"Jedward work so hard. People love them, not just in Ireland but across Europe. I'd love them to win Eurovision," he said.

Father John and mother Susanna along with brother Kevin were among those celebrating with the twins.

The countries that joined Jedward in Saturday's grand final were Romania, Moldova, Iceland, Hungary, Denmark, Albania, Cyprus, Greece and Russia's singing grannies -- the eldest of whom is aged 76. A further 10 countries will be selected from tomorrow night's second semi-final with 26 countries competing in Saturday night's final.

Irish Independent

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