Jedward reach Eurovision Song Contest final


Jedward meet the press after their qualifying for the final

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Irish teenage twins Jedward will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest final in Germany after winning through Thursday's qualifying stage.

John and Edward Grimes, 19, who found fame on The X Factor, performed their song Lipstick in the run-off.

Israel's Dana International, who won Eurovision in 1998, failed to make the cut.

Jedward will be among 25 acts in Saturday's grand final, including Blue, who will sing I Can for the UK.

The pair were dressed in red sparkly jackets with big shoulders for their frenetic performance.

Before the semi-final on Thursday, the twins said they were not nervous at the prospect of singing before an estimated TV audience of 150 million people.

The act have promised to be "the Pavarotti of Eurovision".

'In it to win it'

Jedward were not the only identical siblings performing in the qualifier, as Daniela and Veronika Nizlova represented Slovakia under the name Twiins.

But of the 19 countries in Thursday's starting line-up, the Slovakian duo were one of the nine unsuccessful entrants.

Ukraine's Eurovision singer Mika Newton Ukraine's Mika Newton won through to Saturday's final

Austria, Denmark, Ukraine, Moldova, Estonia, Sweden, Bosnia, Slovenia and Romania all advanced to the final.

David Bryan, lead singer of the Romanian act Hotel FM, comes from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.

Austria will make their first appearance in the final since 2004, with a gospel-tinged ballad performed by Nadine Bieler.

The 20 qualifiers from Tuesday and Thursday's semi-finals will be joined by Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, who are accorded automatic places in the final.

Explanations elsewhere

Coming a poor sixth in X Factor, it may seem a mystery that Jedward are still in the public consciousness. But Christopher Howse argues in the Telegraph that their popularity illustrates the "Jedward paradox "- making lots of money by "not doing very well".

In Slate Simon Doonan explains Eurovision to a US audience. He warns of a "fabulously schlocky insanity that awaits". He suggests Eurovision is Lady Gaga's biggest artistic influence - from her costumes to the "simplistic, language-blind lyrics".

Newly re-formed former chart-toppers Blue will be the 14th act on stage on Saturday.

The group's Simon Webbe told the BBC: "We're in it to win it, for sure."

Last year's winner Lena will again represent Germany, with the song Taken By A Stranger.

Jedward were one of the hits of 2009's The X Factor, despite not winning the series.

The twins signed to Sony and released their debut single Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby), a duet with rapper Vanilla Ice, in January of the following year, which reached number two in the UK chart.


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    Comment number 117.

    Jedward's singing on the show last night was terrible, absolutely shocking.... few words can describe how bad it was. But...Scott Mills and Sara Cox made the show enjoyable. It's a tough act replacing Terry Wogan, but they did a brilliant job - with plenty of banter and sarcastic comments throughout. If Graham Norton can come close to their performance, the final will be well worth watching.

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    Comment number 115.

    If any one thing puts the lie to the self-promulgated notion that Europe holds some culture superiority over the rest of us, it is the Eurovision song contest.

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    Comment number 91.

    I'll be spending my time listening to real music, written by real musicians who have real talent :-)

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    Comment number 84.

    Eurovision is amazing, it gives me an excuse to have a party! It's all a bit of phone, and then there's the inevitable drinking games that can come out of it ;)

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    Comment number 81.

    What a lot of moaners there are here! Jedward's performance last night was much better than I had expected - they are FUN! I was also pleasantly surprised when I finally got around to hearing Blue's offering earlier in the week, so I'll be watching with some enthusiasm on Saturday. Plus, I'll be enjoying Graham Norton - such a breath of fresh air after stale old Terry.


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