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Jedward carry the flag for Ireland

SINGING sensations Jedward have cartwheeled their way into the Eurovision final after scooping the last golden ticket in Baku.

IT was a dramatic end to last night's semi-final as Ireland waited with baited breath to learn that the Waterline boys secured a spot in this weekend's final.

The Grimes brothers were announced as the 10th act to win a place in the grand finale -- but experts say that organisers held them until last as it was more dramatic.

The hair-raising duo celebrated as only they know how with Jepic leaps on the stage of the Crystal Hall.

Expectations are now high to see if the Waterline twins can beat their eighth place finish in last year's contest.

X Factor graduates John and Edward are calling for their hardcore fans across Europe to vote in force and help them bag the title.

"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," Edward said. "All around the world Jedward fans join together and it makes us happy that we created this huge network of cool people that just get it."

Music mogul Louis Walsh had to watch the performance in Liverpool, where he is due to kick off X Factor auditions, but was quick to congratulate the stars.

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

The 20-year-old twins, who will perform as the 23rd act out of 26 countries in Saturday's main show, toasted their success with their mentor Linda Martin as well as their tour manager Liam McKenna last night.

Although it lashed rain in Azberbaijan's host city until the early hours of this morning, nothing could detract from the jumping duo's success.

While the next couple of days will be a little more relaxed for the Irish team ahead of Friday's two full dress rehearsals, it's still full steam ahead for the Jedward party.

Countries set to join Jedward in the final include Romania, Moldova, Iceland, Hungary, Denmark, Albania, Cyprus, Greece and Russia.

labutler@herald.ie


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