Jedward win second Irish ticket to Eurovision

Pop twins Jedward are set to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest for the second year running after they triumphed in a televised contest on Friday night.

The wacky twosome – aka John and Edward Grimes – won a convincing victory over four other acts with their pop rock track Waterline, which they performed during a special edition of the country’s popular Late Late Show.

And afterwards they could barely hide their glee at the thought of making their Eurovision comeback.

“It’s crazy, oh my God we’re so excited,” the pair said. “We’re going back and we have so many fans all across Europe. It’s going to be like, we are back, the return of Jedward.”

The pair – who first sprang to fame on The X Factor – finished eighth in the 2011 contest in Dusseldorf with the track Lipstick, winning themselves a huge following all across the continent and beating UK competitors Blue who came 11th.

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, after their victory in 2011 with the duet Running Scared.

Jedward will compete in the first semi-final on May 22 in a bid to win a place in the grand final, which will be held on May 26.

Since their previous Eurovision performance the pair have barely been out of the spotlight, most notably appearing on Channel Five’s launch series of Celebrity Big Brother in which they finished third.

The UK has yet to announce who will be representing them at Eurovision this year, although the BBC has once again said the act will be chosen internally. Geri Halliwell and Will Young are among those who have been rumoured to be taking part.