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Linda bags designer outfits for Jedward backing singers

RTE cutbacks haven't just affected the Eurovision wardrobe of chart-toppers Jedward.

Their famous mentor Linda Martin has revealed how she has been scrambling around for suitable designer dresses for their two backing singers as well.

She has been trying to kit out Leanne Moore and Clare O'Malley on a tight budget ahead of them taking to the stage at the semi-finals on May 22 in Azerbaijan next month.

But her knight in shining armour has stepped in to save the day after Aurora Fashions chairman Ian Galvin offered to dress the two girls in some show-stealing outfits.

Given that the two girls are a tiny size 6 and size 8 respectively, trying to find the right outfits had been proving difficult.

And she said it was important to do things on a budget.

"I was in Karen Millen this week and I got a big surprise as Ian turned around and said, 'We're sending you to Azerbaijan with a lot of our stuff' and I said, 'Jesus, I can't believe this'.

"So they gave me loads of things to take away because with everything on YouTube these days, you can't go into your rehearsal looking like you just rolled out of bed. You have to be dressed to the nines," she said.

Next month will see her head off to Baku with John and Edward Grimes as they keep their fingers crossed that they'll do the business for Ireland.

Now installed among the top five favourites, she was cautiously optimistic that they would steal the show with their ditty Waterline.

Other favourites at the moment include Spain, Sweden and Russia -- with Ireland tipped to do well.

And the former Eurovision winner also laughed off reports of a possible terrorist threat hitting the competition in the strictly Muslim country.

"You hear all of that but I remember in 1984, when I was first there, there was a terrorist threat as well," she said.

"We had armed policemen outside in the corridor so it goes on all the time. There will always be someone grumbling but my motto is, 'live and let live'."

She went on to say how the two youngsters were in "great form" and looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"I was with them yesterday and I'm meeting up with them tomorrow. We're just ticking off the boxes at this stage because it's only a couple of weeks away," she added.

The well-known personality was one of the judges on day two of Punchestown, which saw fashion-forward Louise Keatley named as the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition.