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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jedward 'do an Abba' in new Eurovision bid

FORGET Abba and Waterloo, Jedward are set to take Eurovision by storm with Waterline.

The pop duo are not taking any chances this year as they seem to be taking inspiration from the Eurovision's most famous winners.

Not only is their song title reminiscent of the classic Abba hit Waterloo, it also has Scandinavian roots thanks to writer Nick Jarl's Swedish origins.

Jeward's mentor Linda Martin said she had great hopes for the twins' new song which will get played for the first time on radio this Thursday on Derek Mooney's RTE Radio 1 show.

"I loved it straight away and so did the boys. They picked it out straight away. It's one of those songs that will appeal to every age group. It has a very modern sound and I'm very happy with it," Linda told the Herald.

"At the end of the day, it will be all about the song -- that's what it will boil down to."

Recorded last month with an ace production team in London and Sweden, Jedward have once again enlisted the services of Leanne Moore for their backing vocals as well as X Factor finalist Melanie McCabe.

"Waterline is a fantastic European pop song. Nick uses the word waterline as a metaphor for falling in love, and this will be his first time in Euro-vision, if we make it," Linda added. She remarked that there was no certainty that the 20- year-old Lucan brothers would be picked to represent Ireland for the second time as they still had to compete against five other acts on a Late Late Show Eurosong special which will be aired on February 24.

The act chosen as Ireland's entry for this year will then compete in a European semi-final on either May 22 or May 24, and if they qualify they will get a chance at the Grand Final on May 26 in Azerbaijan.

The other songs in the running for the Eurovision bid will also be played this week on RTE radio.

"Nothing is a given. Jedward and I know that we are up against five good songs from five great singers. It's a five-horse race."

-- ADELINA CAMPOS

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