Thursday 22 February 2018

Jedward say 'Yes we Can' do it again

27/5/12 Jedward arrive home from the Eurovision to Dublin Airport. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
27/5/12 Jedward arrive home from the Eurovision to Dublin Airport. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
United Kingdom's Engelbert Humperdinck performs during the final show of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest Photo: AP

Anita Singh

The Grimes twins believe Ireland can still win Eurovision, as the BBC faces calls for England to pull out of the Eurovision Song Contest .

Out of 42 countries, only four - Ireland, Latvia, Belgium and Estonia - awarded any points to the UK. Humperdinck ended with just 12 points on a night which revived allegations of political voting from the member nations.

Even though Jedward came 19th out of the 26 countries, the Grimes twins made a triumphant return home to Dublint o screaming fans yesterday.

The 20-year-olds said they were happy that Swedish singer Loreen won, and that when the contest was over, they were as much in demand as the winner with the press corps for interviews.

""When Eurovision was over Loreen and us were the only two acts still being interviewed. The Swedes were in the same hotel as us and we celebrated by throwing each other into the pool at 4 am."

The twins didn't seem enthusiastic about enterting for the third time and said that it might take someone like Bono to win the contest for Ireland.

"I think Bono should go." John added: "Ireland do have a chance of winning, we've won it seven times before."

Meanwhile, British viewers flooded websites and social networking sites with calls for the BBC to quit the contest. They included Philip Schofield, the television presenter, who wrote on Twitter: “It’s time to pull out. Not even Robbie [Williams] could win it for us, it's too political.”

Hundreds of viewers posted messages on the BBC website, many calling for the corporation to withdraw. “Enough is enough. The BBC must have better things to spend its money on,” said one.

“I am sorry but there is no way our entry deserved its low position. It was a real song without gimmicks sung by a real singer. The voting is a joke and totally predictable every year,” said another.

Only Norway polled fewer votes than the United Kingdom.

A BBC spokesman said political voting did not choose the winner but did affect the “mid-table positions”.

An insider said of Humperdinck’s poor result: “If we came out and said it was political voting, it would only go against us. But it was a strange top five.

However, others said Humperdinck, 76, was too old-fashioned a performer and criticised the song choice. Performing first in the running order also put him at a disadvantage, it was suggested.

Paul Gambaccini, the Radio 2 presenter and author of a book on Eurovision, said the selection process should be overhauled next year with a world-class singer and songwriter chosen to represent the UK.

He said: “I don’t expect Adele to sign up but I think we have to try to get singers and songwriters who are the modern equivalent of Cliff Richard and the songwriting team behind Congratulations, Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. They were big names and in those days Eurovision was seen as a great thing.

“We need a killer song. Whoever enters must know there are tremendous odds against them winning because there are so many countries in it, but they should approach it with a sense of fun.”

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