RTÉ on hosting Eurovision 2012: “that’s a bridge we’ll cross on Sunday if we need to.”

Despite the BBC report headline, RTE’s chosen representative, Jedward, are not the “favourites” for Eurovision 2011.  That position still clearly belongs to France.  Although, to be fair, Jedward’s odds have shortened since I bookmarked that earlier today…

RTÉ, on the other hand, would probably be quite content with a French result – judging by the comments from Julian Vignoles, head of RTÉ’s Eurovision delegation, in the Irish Times report.

Julian Vignoles, head of RTÉ’s Eurovision delegation, enthused that this is “the best chance we’ve had in a long, long time” but was more hesitant about the network’s ability to host the contest next year were the twins to bring home victory: “It’s highly unlikely that we wouldn’t be able to host. But that’s a bridge we’ll cross on Sunday if we need to.”

But nothing can dampen Jedward’s optimism – from the same Irish Times report

The twins gave a trademark blast of energy last night to an IDA and Enterprise Ireland-sponsored business networking event, proclaiming that their appearance on Thursday was going to be “huge and mega”.

The slightly hoarse-sounding John told The Irish Times that it would be “huge for our career” if they won the contest: “We’d get a European tour, and screaming girls all over Ireland and the UK.”

Which would make Louis Walsh so happy…

They have a semi-final, on Thursday, to negotiate first.