The Grimes twins won both the jury and public vote in an RTE Late Late Show Special on Friday night to beat 4 other acts for the right to represent their country in this year’s Eurovision which is to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May.
They will be singing Waterline this year, a song written by Nick Jarl and Sharon Vaughan, which they hope will take them closer to victory than their entry last year, Lipstick, which got them as high as 8th place.
The twins said after their confirmation as Ireland’s 2012 Eurovision representatives: “It’s crazy. Oh my God, we are so excited. We did it last year, we’re going back and we have so many fans all across Europe. It’s going to be, like, we are back, return of the Jedward.”
“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for the song tonight – we have the best fans in the world. We’d also like to thank our mentor Linda Martin for all her support and the song writers for writing such a Jepic song.”
Although Johnny Logan represented Ireland on several occasions, winning twice as a performer (in 1980 and 1987) and once as a composer (in 1992), it is the first time an Irish act has been picked for consecutive Eurovisions.
In a nice neat twist Jedward are being mentored this year by Linda Martin who won the 1992 Eurovision in Sweden with the song Why Me?, which was written by Johnny Logan.
She has had 2 previous failed marriages, the first to former Westlife member Brian McFadden, and is now talking about marrying for a 3rd time to current boyfriend, artist Steve Alce.
She has had a fairly rollercoaster life so far and apart from her complicated romantic problems she suffers from bipolar disorder, has had problems with cocaine addiction, was a glamour model for a while and has also been declared bankrupt. Quite a lot to fit into 31 years.
Talking of her new romance with Alce she said: “I have kissed a good many frogs. Now I have found my prince. I am so in love with Steve and I would like to get married. We have discussed it and, as they say, third time lucky.’We have discussed marriage and I think it will happen in the future. He keeps saying to me, “You know it’s a leap year this year?” But I said, “Never, it’s so wrong for a woman to propose to a man”… so I’m waiting for him.”
We hope that she does not scare off her new man as she has already moved him into her Surrey home after just 4 months of dating and talk of marriage so soon might be a bit much for him with her track record. We wonder if she will want to add to her family as she has had 2 children with each of her first husbands and she might well want some more with Steve.
Perhaps he ought to bear in mind her words when she first spotted him at a charity event: “I thought, “he is my next victim!”