Wednesday 13 December 2017

Eurovision final: Their time has come . . . Jedward make second bid for glory

Jedward clown
around on
their tour bus
Jedward clown around on their tour bus yesterday

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

HALF of the country will be glued to their television screens for the Eurovision final tonight -- and the other half will attempt to ignore it.

But they will probably fail as it is very difficult to ignore Jedward.

The hyperactive twins launched their second shot at Eurovision glory last night when they performed for international juries ahead of the grand final.

The 20-year-olds' performance of 'Waterline' in the Crystal Hall in Baku last night was watched by juries around Europe who have since decided 50pc of the twins' overall vote.

The other 50pc will be decided in a public vote tonight.

"We heard there was 1.5 million viewers on the semi-final -- that's bigger than last year. So hopefully this year we'll go for the two million (tonight)," said John Grimes.

Last night the twins were scored on their costumes, their presentation and their song.

"We have started our Eurovision already and we're going to win," John said.

"We know we will do really well on costume and presentation but the song will be down to the music taste of each jury member," John told the Irish Independent.

The juries in each country watched the performance as it was streamed from Azerbaijan, and then again a second time on tape.

Jedward believe they have a "perfect placing" in the grand final tonight, drawn 23 out of 26 acts.

"It's one of the best positions in the draw," John said.

"We're on just before the end of the show which means our song will still be in people's heads when they're voting."

Jedward consider Swedish entry Loreen and Russian grannies Buranovo as their biggest rivals "but we're ready for any of them".

Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh are among the celebrities who have joined Taoiseach Enda Kenny in sending messages of good luck.

However, the pair haven't had any calls themselves "because our phones don't work in Azerbaijan".

"We did a whole 3 (phone network) commercial and our phones don't work," John said, possibly ensuring they don't do another.

The twins have called for Eurovision parties all over Ireland but "only if people drink lots of water" -- to tie in with 'Waterline'. "The other Eurovision acts have fire and light but we're the only ones using water," John said.

Interacting with the audience will be another key weapon for Jedward in the final.

"We're not just doing a song," John said. "We will be talking and interacting with the audience in the Crystal Hall and the millions of people watching around the world. Jedward will be beaming good vibes."

Irish Independent

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