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Thursday 17 January 2019

I'll be voting for Jedward to win Eurovision, says Corrie's Tina

CORONATION Street star Michelle Keegan, better known as fiery Tina McIntyre, says she will be backing X-Factor sensations Jedward all the way when they represent Ireland in the Eurovision next May.

The gorgeous brunette (right) explained how she has a number of young nephews who are enormous fans of Lucan-born John and Edward Grimes and is quite fond of the duo herself.

And according to Michelle (23), who bonded with the 19-year-old twin brothers at last year's TVNow Awards in Dublin, she will be voting for them and their song Lipstick in the forthcoming song contest.

The Manchester-born actress has also appeared on an episode of ITV2's hit comedy show Celebrity Juice with the quiff-wearing performers.

"I think it's brilliant. I was watching them and I just love the song, it's so catchy," she told the Herald. "I've got a couple of nephews and they're all obsessed with them. I'm quite a fan myself.

"I've met them a couple of times now. In Dublin last year and at some other award shows and things like that. They're always very nice and friendly.

"They're great fun and they're exactly what Ireland needs in the Eurovision. I'll be voting for them and I'm sure most of the people in the UK will.

"They've got a massive following after the X-Factor. Who knows? Maybe they'll win it," she added.

Michelle is just the latest celebrity name to give the popular Dublin brothers her backing, with Irish actress Amy Huberman also revealing last weekend that she will be rooting for the high profile duo when they perform in Dusselfdorf in May.

And Ultimate Big Brother winner, Brian Dowling (right), revealed how his ties with Jedward go way back to when his sister went to school with them.

The Kildare media personality said he is thrilled for them and their ongoing success and admits he would be happy to work with them in the future.

Meanwhile, proud Dublin GAA fans Jedward are gearing up for a live performance at Croke Park tonight when they support the Dubs. The twins are set to take to the stage to entertain Blues fans attending the football and hurling double header, part of the Dublin County Board's Spring Series.

It will also mark the first time the twins perform Lipstick at an outdoor venue.

Fans will see Dublin battle it out against the All-Ireland football champs Cork and hurling champs Tipperary, with Jedward putting on a show between the two matches.

lnolan@herald.ie

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