They’re the boisterous brothers that twice represented Ireland at Eurovision. And now, as the tenth anniversary of their first participation in 2011 approaches, Jedward have revealed that they’ve submitted an entry to RTÉ for the 2021 contest. However, they seem to have missed one important piece of news — Lesley Roy has already been confirmed to represent the Emerald Isle in May.
Jedward submit a song for Eurovision 2021
“FYI”, tweeted the twins on New Year’s Day, “We have submitted songs to represent Ireland this year in Eurovision! It’s in the hands of RTÉ now!”. Of course, fans were quick to point out that Lesley Roy has been selected to sing for Ireland in 2021 after missing out in 2020 due to the contest’s cancellation. Furthermore, the “Story Of My Life” songstress isn’t in need of an entry either.
Her 2021 track is written and produced by Lesley herself, along with Eurovision producer Lukas Hallgren (“She Got Me”), Philip Strand producer/songwriter Normandie, Deepend and Emelie Eriksson (EEVA).
FYI We have submitted songs to represent Ireland this year in Eurovision! It’s in the hands of RTÉ now!
— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) January 1, 2021
While the duo — that’s John and Edward Grimes — don’t appear to have responded directly to the news of Lesley’s selection, they do seem to have acknowledged that they may need to cast their net further afield if they want to grace the Eurovision stage this year.
In a follow-up tweet, they wrote: “In these ‘unprecedented’ times we volunteer as tribute to be standby act for all countries in Eurovision! All we ask is for Spectacular Pyro, Hairspray and Sequins.” Their choice of countries is limited. Of the 41 participating nations, only a handful have yet to confirm their artist or national final plans for 2021.
One of these countries is the United Kingdom. “So now that the U.K. have left Europe will they still be in Eurovision! asking for a friend”, the pair pondered. The answer is, of course, yes. But the lads should already know that given that they participated at Eurovision 2012 in Azerbaijan, another non European Union member state. Then they performed after Moldova in the semi-final and between North Macedonia and Serbia in the final — three more non-EU countries.
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