Northern Ireland

Jedward favourites to represent Ireland at Eurovision

John and Edward Grimes
Image caption The Grimes brothers are the safe bet for Friday's 'Eurosong' contest

They are the twins who lost out on X Factor glory - but Jedward are in pole position to become Ireland's next Eurovision entrants.

The duo will compete against four other acts on RTE's Late Late Show on Friday night, with the winning entry going through to the semi-finals of the contest in Dusseldorf in May.

Despite, a last minute change in voting rules, the brothers from Lucan in Dublin, are still the bookies' favourite to represent their country.

And they are "like, really" looking forward to it.

"I can't believe we have, like, the opportunity to try and represent Ireland. We watch the Eurovision every single year.

"We are huge fans," John Grimes told the Irish Times.

Originally, the rules stated that regional juries and the public were to have an equal say on who should go through to the semi-finals.

However, the juries have now been given two thirds of the vote after Jedward's song was leaked online against competition rules.

Speaking about Friday's "Eurosong" battle, Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy, said: "It is a strange night of Eurovision stuff. Anything can happen.

"It is one of my peculiar nights I have to say.

"As well you know, the Eurovision is very precious to a lot of people. They take it very seriously, very seriously."

Jedward will go head to head with Don Mescall, The Vard Sisters, Nikki Kavanagh and Bling.

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