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Monday 20 August 2018

Watch out Europe... here come Jedward

OMG, Jedward are going to Eurovision.

The teens (19) have officially been named as the musical act representing Ireland at the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany, after beating four other acts for the honour.

Jedward sang their entry Lipstick alongside fellow X Factor alumni Rebecca Creighton in a special edition of last night's Late Late Show, where the votes were calculated as a combination of a public tele-vote and regional jury vote.

Speaking after their comprehensive win last night, they said: "We are so happy to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. It's the most amazing honour and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for the song tonight. We'd also like to thank our mentor Caroline Downey-Desmond for all her support and the song writers for writing such an amazing song that we are really looking forward to performing in Dusseldorf in May."

As our pictures show, hundreds of fans flocked to the show's studios, and the boys were quick to thank them first hand by mingling with them afterwards.



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Still dressed in their matching red leather blazers and black ties, they hugged and kissed fans in honour of their win.

And they were all smiles alongside mentor Caroline Downey Desmond, who handpicked them as her act to mentor for this year's competition, and road manager Liam McKenna. The reality TV stars expressed their true excitement online at being named Ireland's official entry.

"You guys have been with us every step of the way and we thank you guys for making us reach the top and living the dream," they said in the early hours of this morning.

"Good Night everyone we are going to sleep you guys rock and are the best fans in the world," they added.

The boys even took the time to personally thank show host Ryan Tubridy, and launched a campaign to increase his number of Twitter followers in gratitude.

Late last year RTE announced that it was taking a different approach to selecting Ireland's Eurovision act. The State broadcaster nominated five mentors and asked them each to select an act and song which they believed had the potential to be a Eurovision winner.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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