“Jedward will now represent Ireland…”

You were warned…  RTÉ reports the people’s verdict on their chosen shortlist of candidates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.  The Irish Times explains how it came to pass…

Although the voting was originally supposed to have been an equal split between regional juries and a public vote, this was changed after a 30-second clip of the song was inadvertently leaked on the internet due to an administrative error by Universal Records, the twin’s record company.

As a result the voting was changed so the juries’ decision was worth two-thirds of the overall vote, the rest of which was up to the public.

The Grimes twins – John and Edward – entertained, if not completely bowled over, the Late Late Show’s live panel, made up of RTÉ’s Marty Whelan; singer Brian Kennedy; Cheryl Baker, a former Eurovision winner with Bucks Fizz; and Today FM’s Mairead Farrell. The majority of the panel cited Nikki Kavanagh and her song Falling as their preference. She also received most points among the regional juries.

This put Kavanagh into the lead with 66 points, four more than Jedward’s 62. But, as Kennedy rightly pointed out, the texting capabilities of “the Jedwardians” ensured the twins won out in the end having secured the public vote, pipping Kavanagh at the post by two points.

As for the UK…  The BBC don’t have ‘the public’ excuse having selected their representative themselves – reformed boy band, Blue…

  • Pigeon Toes

    Great. Cant wait…

  • oracle


  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Yes…..again an example of the over-influence of the Internet and Yoof in our Society.
    Although I quite like Jedward as they/it dont take themselves very seriously.

  • Mark McGregor

    This will make my son happy and annoy people that really should be worrying about something important. Result.

  • JeanMeslier

    The really scary part is that our own homegrown garden gnomes might possibly do well in the semis. (sorry Dusseldorf!)
    However, Nikki Kavanagh, for me, was the outstanding act (voice) of the competition.
    If the Eurovision ever returns to a song competition as opposed to a pantomime then she will prevail.
    I predict a big future for this woman with the big voice

  • RepublicanStones

    I don’t think theres any doubt now, that if ‘my lovely horse’ was seriously put forth for consideration, it’d be in like Flynn.

    As an aside, always nice to see the rather delectable Mairead Farrell on our screens.

  • pippakin

    Oh dear.

  • They are probably going to win!

  • Rory Carr

    I though that Pippakin would somehow be pleased that two nice young boys will be representing Ireland especially since they have gone the trouble of wearing dead cats upon their heads.

    You didn’t by any chance supply them, Pips?

  • pippakin

    Rory Carr

    The only scalps I’m interested in belong two legged creatures with more hair than wit. I bet you are a secret Jedward supporter and spent half the night voting for them.

  • Rory Carr

    I have their poster above my bed. It keeps away the ghosties.

  • fordprefect

    LOL@Republican Stones

  • fordprefect

    I hope you don’t mean “scalp” as in the way it used to be used in the north? LOL

  • fordprefect

    I remember one time when a loyalist website had a comment on it saying “would somebody please shoot John Dallat” (an SDLP polititian) there were howls of outrage etc. etc. etc., now, if someone said that about “Jedward”……………………….

  • Greenflag

    Jedward for Taoiseach and Tanaiste and FM/DFM on weekends .

    If they don’t scare the IMF/ECB nobody will 🙂

    They’re not going to win the bloody thing are they ?

  • pippakin


    I’m a pacifist but the temptation is strong.

  • fordprefect


  • fordprefect

    do you know what “scalp” used to mean here in the north?

  • pippakin


    I know the Irish meaning and several slang versions but I intended no more that the usual English meaning in response to a previous comment..

  • fordprefect

    Fair enough, I’m glad, because if you had have asked I was racking my brain for a euphimism! LOL

  • Henry94

    It will help sent a subliminal message to Europe. The bondholders need a haircut.

  • A turkey once again.

  • vanhelsing

    one more reason to stay in the Union 🙂