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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ireland 2011: the mad twins will hit Düsseldorf

The Irish final was a very tight race in the end... and the biggest pre-final favourite won it. The X-Factor twins from Dublin made it to the top with their aggressively bouncy and catchy "Lipstick".

For a while, I thought RTÉ would have rigged the juries to outweigh the public vote, counting only for one third of the final result. You can say a lot of things about Jedward, but they are certainly not your typical act from a conservative Eurovision nation.

They are loud, they are disorganised, they don't sing very well, they can't answer questions properly. But they are plain adorable. Like a box full of mad, fluffy, cuddly puppy dogs.

The team in second place would have been a much safer choice, but they have already represented Ireland in 2009 and 2010 with moderate success. Jedward is surely the right way to go.

I am not saying they are a guaranteed success in Düsseldorf. But they will get noticed for sure. And they are bold, extravagant and have loads and loads of attitude. Just what Ireland needs after playing it too safe on too many occasions.

Jedward - Lipstick (Ireland 2011)

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