It’s no secret that Jedward are huge Eurovision fans. The Grimes brothers represented Ireland with “Lipstick” in 2011 and “Waterline” in 2012 and made a special appearance in 2014. They decided against entering Ireland’s Eurosong again for 2015, but still went to Vienna to model at the Life Ball. But now they have their eyes on the United Kingdom.
Inspired by the BBC’s rebooted national selection, Jedward have announced their intention to submit a song for the UK.
Talking to the Irish Sun, Edward says, “We’re definitely up for it. We see this as the most fantastic opportunity. But this time, we are in it to win it.”
The twins may be Irish, but they got their start on The X Factor in the UK and have a substantial fanbase there. Their debut single “Under Pressure/Ice Ice Baby” reached No.2 on the tough UK singles chart, and the pair have made frequent appearances on UK television, including Celebrity Big Brother. And, let’s not forget, the UK gave Jedward douze points in 2011.
As John told the paper, “We know we are already popular in Eurovision and will have support across Britain to represent the UK because of the fan base we got in X Factor.”
The twins say they are inspired by Katrina and the Waves’ 1997 winning song “Love Shine a Light”. At the time the band weren’t seen as likely winners, but went on to score the UK its fifth victory. Can Jedward make it six?
Jedward are currently in the United States working on new material, but plan to soon head over to the UK to begin their third Eurovision campaign.
The brothers have previously discussed their wish to return to Eurovision. In July, John talked about how they had written songs for Eurovision.
If Jedward did return to Eurovision for a third time, they would be in good company. Lys Assia competed for Switzerland three years in a row, Carola has represented Sweden three times in three decades, and fabulous Valentina Monetta recently made it three in a row for San Marino.
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